This is probably not the most remarkable engagement story, but I thought that it was sweet and simple, and that it is the kind of story I find the most romantic. I never thought of myself as being married. I have never made a single wedding plan in my life, and I really have no idea where to begin. I am an idealist, and making a situation perfect is difficult for me. However, I did have a thoughtful boyfriend, Derek, and we had been together for almost a year. We had gotten into an argument over a trifle matter of opinion the night before our one year anniversary. Our arguments are few and far between, and usually over something silly, yet they still have a way of sending me into fumes until I can escape from the situation and cool off.
So, I was in the middle of cooling off between class that night and work the next day. I received a text message in the morning saying, "Happy Anniversary!!!" and I grumbled a little to myself hating that I was mad on our anniversary. After I left work at noon, I called my mom and spoke to her for a while about my day and that it was my one year anniversary with Derek. She was happy for us and wished me congrats. I told her all I wanted to do was go home and take a nice long nap from missing sleep last night, so when I got off the phone and returned to my apartment, I crashed.
My boyfriend came over and was peering over me in bed. I was annoyed and told him to leave me alone and let me sleep. He complained cutely about how I was still asleep and said that he had been over to his old apartment where we had first met. He had found something, and he wanted me to go and help him get it because it reminded him of us. "Why can't you go get it and bring it back?" I whined because I was half asleep. He persisted by telling me there were a couple old women from the apartment complex that begged him to bring me back so we all could talk over tea. I begged for one more hour of sleep.
Exactly one hour later he was again gazing over me in bed. I pulled myself up and dressed quickly. It was inevitable. Derek is the most persistent man I had ever met. So, I dressed quickly and we climbed into the car to travel a few miles away to his old apartment. He walked in front of me around to the stream and a tree where we had hooked up an old hammock a year ago. "Here it is!" he proclaimed. I came to the other side of the tree and found that he had carved a huge heart and his initials plus mine with "FOREVER" etched below. I stared at it and laughed because it was a delightful jester on our one year celebration of being together.
Then, before I knew it, he dropped to his knee and asked, "Will you marry me?" I was in shock because it was the last thing I had expected. He said he had asked my parents a few months ago when we were visiting and I was asleep. And he had spent the past week looking for a ring and the morning carving our initials in a tree. It was the most perfect moment I could have dreamed. Apparently, a lot can happen when you're asleep!