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Carol B.

Craig and I visited the Newseum in Washington in May 2008. Both former journalists, we loved it so much that we became members. On Thanksgiving weekend, 2008, we decided to revisit Washington over the long weekend and use our Newseum memberships.

After a long day of visiting monuments and museums, we headed to the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. It was 4:30pm. The museums of the Smithsonian close at 5:30pm, but the Newseum is private. It closes at 5pm. With little time, we checked out one exhibit on the top floor - "First Dogs," about dogs that lived in the White House. This exhibit appealed to us because I have a Border Collie mix named Cooper, who loves Craig (and he loves Cooper right back). We whizzed through the displays and went out to the terrace, where the sun was setting. It was 4:45pm. Many visitors had left and security guards were looming.

When my back was turned, Craig pulled out a piece of paper and said, "What is this headline?" He gave me a mock New York Times front page, where the headline said, "Will You Marry Me?" When I looked up, he was down on one knee, with a beautiful ring. Of course, I said, "yes." But, all alone, how would we record the moment? In true Washington DC-style, a tourist from Iowa was lingering and she took the first photo. We are planning a September 2009 wedding. Cooper is the friendliest dog around, but he definitely likes some people more than others. He found a kindred spirit in Craig. So did I.

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