The Engagement Story:
December 12th was my birthday and I just wanted to go to dinner and a movie. We go to the movies every weekend and I thought it was going to be a regular Friday night. Then my best friend picked me up to get my nails done and reluctantly I went but I didn’t want to do any spa treatments because I hate spas... I should’ve known something then. Plus, I don’t like making a big deal about my birthday. We went to dinner at RPM Steak and this guy said we had a hotel reservation at the WIT hotel in downtown Chicago. He mentioned he wanted to rest for a few before we head to the movies and he was on his phone texting the whole time, on my birthday…the nerve of him. He then came up with this bright idea to go look at the movie theater in the hotel. One thing about our relationship is we go to the movies EVERY SINGLE WEEK. As we're on the elevator, I’m thinking this guy is still on his phone! I thought it was a complete waste of time to go see a theater in the hotel when we were running late already. I was trying to be patient and make sure I was a good girlfriend and cooperate. As we approached the movie room, the first person I saw was my best friend and when I walked in, I saw all my family and friends and they shouted “Surprise.” I was excited, but confused because now I’m thinking I was having a birthday party and how did he get all these people here. We viewed the first movie we saw on our first date. I thought it was the best birthday ever and nothing could top it. Then when the movie was over, there was a second movie reel that was a birthday tribute from who I thought was only family and friends. This reel included birthday wishes, from a few of my favorite entertainers, Oprah, Rihanna, PDiddy, Tyra Banks, Beyonce, Jack Black (obviously these were pre-recordings from something they found online), and it also included some family that couldn’t make the party. So when I saw this I really thought it was the best birthday ever. Then to top it all off, it was a tribute from him at the end. It started with music playing in the background from the John Legend song "All of Me." It included every movie we had ever went to since we started dating, along with some of our first text messages and ended with a picture of the ring. One reason why this was so significant is because every time we would go out of town, we would try on different rings. I actually thought it was a joke and I stood up in the party telling people to calm down because it didn’t mean anything and it was a joke. As the tribute continued, there was one part where I started to question what this whole night was about. I looked at the screen and there was a quote that read “Only as far as we seek can we go, and only as much as we dream can we be.” Then he said I hope you really enjoyed your birthday and I wish it could last forever, or maybe it could. Then this beautiful ring showed on the screen, and at that moment I knew I was duped and no one else knew what was going on either cause they were all in shock too. I then turned around and he was on one knee proposing to me. Then what started as a 40th birthday party, ended in an engagement party I’ll never forget.