When I last posted, it was the NHL Trade Deadline Eve and I was explaining the finer aspects of what is considered by some an unofficial holiday here in Canada. Much has happened since. The Canucks have been on a tear (albeit had a scary one this weekend against Phoenix), Vancouver has been awarded an MLS franchise for 2011 (put down my $100 deposit for two season ticket packages this morning), and Spring arrived.
Oh yeah – I also got engaged!
Marnie and I have been together for close to nine years, and it’s my belief that anyone who could put up with me for that long deserves national holiday to be named after them. That being said, we had talked about marriage casually for some time and she had dropped numerous hints that a ring on her finger would be quite nice.
Anywho, when she told me that she wanted to go away a couple weekends ago to spend some time together, I put the wheels in motion to pop the question – seeing as it was to be a romantic trip for us to Saltspring Island. I first bought the ring and then I asked her parents for permission. To ensure she didn’t expect a proposal, I had commented that I wanted to get her a ring and propose but couldn’t afford it at this time (even though I already found what I felt was the perfect ring for her). So when we arrived at Arbutus Point B&B, I’m sure the chance of me popping the question was far from her mind.
In my own unique style, I placed the ring on this counter underneath a large vanity mirror and ensured that all the lights were on nearby to make sure it was as shiny as it could be. Now I’m sure you’re thinking that I should have gone on one knee or maybe had some speech ready to whisk her off her feet, but those that know me would likely understand why I let her find it instead – I’m always playful. Anywho, when she did find the ring, the look on her face of shock and sheer jubilation was priceless.
I can’t believe how nervous I was leading up to it though. Even though I knew the answer and also knew her parents would support us taking the next step in our relationship, it was still quite nerve wracking. That said, I’ve been on cloud nine since – and I don’t want this feeling to ever go away.