I decided to ask Jonee to marry me on our one year anniversary. In order to make it an uber-surprise I once told him I'd never ever do the 'asking' thus leaving a perfect opportunity for a complete blindside. I purchased two Claddagh rings....mostly because I cried after imagining myself reading to Jonee the traditional Irish expression associated with giving a Claddagh ring. I then hid the box inside a gilded hard-bound copy of Billiam Shakespeare's collected works with some selected text and directives drawn in gold pen.
Look how sweet it turned out:
We decided to celebrate our 1-year by meeting for a cocktail at the Bar where we had our first date, followed by dinner at Flour+Water, which was our second date. (Please note that on our first date I was on crutches, so both locations are within a block from my old apartment.) I was mighty MIGHTY nervous all day (and even the day before when I called his folks to ask permission) but when I got the table where we sat on our date, a pair of crutches were leaning against the wall in the same exact spot where I had laid mine a year to the day, if not hour. I took this a sign, and my nerves eased a bit.
I traded spots. I sat in the chair that was Jonee's and I also brought him a single white Gerbera daisy (he had brought me a single pink one on out first date.) From my seat, across from the auspicious crutches, I spied a tag in the white bar of the stop sign paint in the road. Someone had written Love in cursive. I took this as another sign.
Jonee gave me his present, a lovely book of French recipes from the 1940's, then I gave him mine. I pretty much didn't beat around the bush, and after reading the passage and finding the ring, I simply asked him to marry me and he said yes!
I explained the Claddagh ring, we exchanged the vows and BOOM, we became engaged!
We then had a lovely dinner, and after calling family and friends we posted this sweet image to the good ole interwebs to share our exitement!
We're so in L O V E, and my feet haven't hit the ground yet!