Marriage proposals are getting more and more creative and romantic. I have seen so many from flash mobs to dressing up as a mascot and then popping the question.

My proposal was not creative or romantic at all. Not in my eyes.

In March of 2002 I was grocery shopping when my cell phone rang. It was my wife calling me to tell me that she just did my taxes and I was getting a pretty big check back from the government. I was excited because I really wanted to get a new television. Then all of the sudden she said…

“So now you can get me the ring. I mean, it is a good amount of money you are getting back.”

There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to marry Rebecca. I feel in love with her after five minutes of being around her. We had a lot in common and what we did not have in common did not matter. We understood one another.

She picked out the ring that she wanted. She told me the price and I said once I have the money I would get it. Well, I had the money. I was obviously going to get the ring now.

So I ordered the ring. The person I ordered the ring from was a friend of my future wife’s family. So they all knew that I got it. They all knew when it was going to arrive at the jewelry store. There was no surprise.

I might not be the most romantic person in the world but I am creative. I wanted to surprise and shock her. I wanted to figure out a way to make it memorable even though everyone knew I was going to propose.

I could not think of any ideas. I bought some “Lord of the Rings” action figure and thought about putting the ring in there. That just seemed cheesy to me. So then I bought a toy ring from a gumball machine and was going to put the real ring in there. That just seemed so overplayed. I could not figure out a way to propose that would be memorable.

So I came home from work and I handed Rebecca the “Lord of the Rings” action figure. Neither of us has seen the movie so she looked confused. Then I handed her a Ring Pop. At this time she knew I was going to propose. She was getting aggravated. She asked me if I was going to propose and give her the real ring. After that I handed her the plastic case from the gumball machine and she threw it out…

“NO! The real ring is in there!”

I dug in the trash and got her the real ring. I handed it to her. The dream proposal was not going to happen. The creative and viral proposal was out the window. Instead of getting on one knew and placing the ring on her finger I just handed it to her. Then I asked her if she would marry me.

She started to cry. She could not answer me because of the tears. She just nodded her head. Then I started to cry a little as well. I realized then that you truly couldn’t screw up a proposal. Not if you are in love with each other. Not if you are ready and willing to make the sacrifices to get married. Not if she says yes.

We got engaged on April 26, 2002. I did not remember the date. Rebecca, my wife did. In her eyes it was the perfect proposal.

It was for me as well. I got to marry the woman of my dreams.

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