Well I have been away visiting the Midwest and that's right, I am now engaged. I will get into the details on that coming up, but just for those of you who were out of the loop, Dawn and I went to Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Cleveland and finally back to Dayton during the last 10 days. It was a lot of fun, although the weather could have been better.
Anyways to the proposal.... We went back to Cleveland to drop off Buckeye with Dawn's parents, and I used that stop to get permission from her father to ask her. He was a little surprised, but we have been together for just over two and a half years, so hopefully not too much of a surprise. The last Sunday we took off for Chicago. I had the ring with me at all times and there was no way I was getting any more than 5 feet from it. We looked at the forecast and Monday looked like early showers then dry and Tuesday looked like storms, so I convinced her to do to the Navy Pier/Loop activities on Monday.(I wanted to get it over with and ask her as soon as possible) Anyways we went to Millennium Park and walked along Lake Michigan up to the Pier. It was so foggy that you could barely see three stories high on the skyline so taking a picture of the horizon was out of the question. I wanted to ask before lunch, but when it comes to Dawn as long as you keep her fed and cool, she is happy, and at this point she was starving....so we had lunch. I was getting so antsy and nervous that after lunch she wanted to stop in an Irish shop, and I couldn't concentrate so I just told her I would wait outside. Eventually she came outside and we walked to the end of the Pier. I took her to the edge and told her we should take a picture together. We took the picture with the coastline in the background and asked her if it was perfect. She was like, "I don't know, I don't care." I told her it had to be perfect and we had to take it again, she said "Why does it have to be perfect?! Ok, let's do it again." We took a second photo and I asked if it was perfect and she started getting upset and I told her it had to be perfect because it would be our last one, this upset her more because she didn't understand why it was "our last one" or why it "had to be perfect".... Rather than explaining, I took Dawn to a bench a few feet away (no one else was within few hundred feet). I sat her down and got on one knee. She started hyperventilating asking what I was doing and she kept telling me to get up. I said a few words and pulled the ring out of my backpack and..... she said "Yes." She broke into tears and was COMPLETELY surprised; I have been telling her the last few months that we could get engaged in 3012, yes 3012. I am super excited to spend the rest of my life with her, and that started off the vacation on the right foot and we had a blast the rest of our time off. Now we got a lot of wedding planning.....(which has already begun)
Quick look at the forecast, it will feel like it will be in the mid 90's with isolated showers and storms this week, and a little lower humidity for the end of the week. Start making "cool" ideas how to avoid/deal with the heat now because you can use those ideas later this week. Have a good one!
Andrew Buck Michael