- 10 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
When my boyfriend told my best friend a few weeks ago how he was going to propose, she was like, “Are you serious? You know that men don’t actually do that, right? So romantic!” Man oh man, was she right.
Yesterday at 4:30 PM there was a knock at the door – roses for me! And I NEVER get flowers, so hooray! The card said, “OKC 3-1-09”. At first totally bewildered, I soon figured it out. We met on OkCupid.com, and he first asked me out on 3-1-09. I called to say thank you and said I found the card sweet and romantic, noting that 3-1 was the day we began dating. “Oh yeah?” he asked teasingly, “Is it? You should probably check that out.” So I did. I logged onto OkCupid, and found the following message added to our first conversation from two years ago:
I got home at around 5 in the morning after a night out with friends.
Having spent the past day messaging you back and forth on here, I said, “You’re really awesome and we should go out sometime this week.”
Sending you that message was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
I’ve got something for you, but you’re going to have to find me to get it. Now, I know you like games, so I’ve left you some clues to help guide you.
Your first clue is waiting for you where we first met. Tell them you have a reservation.
Good luck, darling. I love you and can’t wait to see you.”
My heart started pounding happily as I realized, “I’m about to play a treasure hunt game, and it’s going to end with a proposal.” I put my shoes on, grabbed my keys, and raced out the door! Two hours later, we were calling our parents. Here’s how the hunt went down from start to finish:
MY HOUSE: Flowers arrive with a card bearing the first clue.
OKCUPID: Asks me to go to the place we first met, which I fondly remember as a sushi and pan-Asian place just down the road.
RESTAURANT: Told the hostess I had a reservation, and she gave me an envelope containing a picture. It resembles a doodle I made a few years ago (of us as monsters!) that he loves and keeps on his fridge.
HIS REFRIGERATOR: Found the monster picture in the center of all his other magnets, which he had arranged into a heart. Inside the fridge was a plate of linguini topped with the faces of David Bowie and Rosanna Arquette (we watched their movie “The Linguini Incident” on our third date).
MY MOVIE COLLECTION: Pulled the cassette out of the box to find three little twigs tied up with ribbon. Realized they came from a picture frame we made together which frames a print he gave me very early on.
BACK OF THE PICTURE FRAME: A passage from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, which he recently bought me in hardcover, that referred to a magical map.
PAGE 192: Stuffed inside the book was a hand-drawn map of the lake where we love to go feed the ducks in nice weather. Just off the wooded greenway trail, there was a large red X.
THE END OF THE MAP: I found him waiting for me on a beautiful, secluded backyard garden terrace. I asked if the owners knew he was there, and he assured me they did. He took my hands in his, and we both got choked up and so nervous we could barely look at each other. He simply said, “I love you so much. And you are PERFECT for me.” Then he went to one knee, asked me to marry him, and as I said yes slipped the ring onto my finger. We cried and laughed for a while together before I asked, “Now what?” He opened his backpack – it was full of hamburger buns! He said, “Now we go feed the ducks.”
We walked around to the front of the house, where the homeowners wanted to know what happened, and they cheered for us when I showed them the ring. They congratulated us, and then we went off the feed the birds. It was wonderful having some private time to just enjoy each other before we started calling our family and closest friends.
He’s the nicest person I know, and I love that he worked so hard to make his proposal romantic and fun and based around the details of our time together. I can’t wait to start my life in earnest with this man!