Alyssa and Watt

Watt and I first met in college when he sat next to me in class. Though the seats were not assigned he sat next to me every day for the rest of the semester. I tried to pay attention in class but Watt made it difficult, scribbling messages and stick figures in the corners of my notes. Though there was certainly chemistry, the timing wasn’t right yet. The semester quickly came to an end and we both graduated. He moved away for a job and we lost touch.

unnamedTwo years later I was sitting in a Starbucks downtown enjoying a cup of coffee with my mentor. I looked across the lounge and saw Watt preparing to check into the hotel next door. I went to say hello and was surprised to find that not only did he remember me, but that he had wanted to contact me and had lost my information. We exchanged numbers and the rest is history!

Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to visit France. The art, history, and culture intrigued me so much that I used to practice French for fun in the hopes that I would one day get to go. Years went by, I grew up, graduated, began my career, but still had never been.

Watt is a hopeless romantic and is thoughtful in the most wonderful way. The pick-up-on-one-little-thing-you-said-six months-ago-and-get-it-for-your-birthday kind of thoughtful. I know this about him, but nothing could have prepared me for the surprise I received on Thanksgiving Day, 2014. Watt gave me a beautiful coat I had been eyeing for months and told me I would need it soon. I didn’t understand at first but knew something was up. He made me guess where we were going and each answer I gave was wrong. Finally he looked at me and said “Sweetheart, go pack your bags. We’re going to Paris.” I was speechless. Paris? Me? PARIS?

The next day we left for Paris. He had already made arrangements for me at work and had taken care of every detail. We arrived in Paris and checked into our hotel. We stayed at the wonderful Hotel Shangri La, the former palace of Roland Bonaparte. It was beautiful and the staff were so helpful, but our favorite part had to be the view of the Eiffel Tower from the hotel room.

We spend the next two days exploring the city and enjoying each other’s company. We spent an evening in Rue de Cler, stopped by the Arc de Triomphe, shopped our way down the Champs Elysse, and took a trip up the Eiffel Tower. On Sunday evening Watt surprised me one last time  by taking me to have dinner on a river cruise. We sat at the front of a beautiful boat surrounded by glass where we enjoyed a delicious french meal while taking in the sights of the city from the Seine River. When we finally arrived at the Eiffel Tower Watt got down on one knee and said “You are so wonderful and amazing in so many ways. I love you so much. Will you marry me?” Of course I said yes!

I am so thankful to have found Watt for more reasons than I could possibly write here. He is certainly the love of my life and a dream come true.