January 25, 2014, was the day that everything changed.
Okay, maybe not exactly everything, but it was definitely a big moment.
My boyfriend and I were recovering from an awful flu-like bug from earlier that week, and we were getting restless from staying indoors, so we decided to take a little day trip to Albany.
It was a cloudy day, but with a light snowfall making it look a lot more gorgeous outside than it really was. When we walked outside his car was covered in snow and I volunteered to help get the snow off to save time, but he said no and that I could wait inside the car and warm up. So I turned on the car and was messing around with the radio and looking at my phone, when I noticed that something was different.
As I looked up, my boyfriend was finishing writing something on the windshield, and as I read it, I couldn’t believe it. I thought he was joking! Right there on the snow covered front windshield were the words I never thought I’d hear (or see, I suppose): Will you marry me?
He opened the car door and handed me the ring box and said, “So…?” And I replied with “Oh my god!” and slipped the ring on my finger.
After that, we drove to the New York State Museum in downtown Albany and walked around holding hands and smiling like such big dorks. We called our parents afterwards and everybody was so surprised. No one ever thought this day would come, because Nick never let anyone in on the secret. I mean, he did ask my parents for my hand in marriage, but he never told them when he was going to do it or how.
It was not your usual proposal, that’s for sure. However, we are not like everybody else and we don’t want to be, so this was perfect, in my eyes.
Afterwards, Nick had told me that he was so nervous. He had kept changing his mind on when he wanted to do it, and that morning he just woke up and decided that today is the day. For me, that meant a lot, because while he could have planned some crazy romantic proposal, he just woke up one day and realized that he really did want to marry me and it just kinda happened. So, it’s a lot more personal and since it was just the two of us, it was intimate and just between us, which is more important to me than being around a bunch of strangers.