Amanda and Andrew
How We Met
Two years ago I remember returning from a first date and meeting my mother in the kitchen. She was cleaning the dishes and asked how my date went. “It was fun,” I said. “The chemistry was palpable,” I joke and say, “I think I’m going to marry him.” He was charming and funny..and perfect. I knew Andrew was the man I wanted to be with forever
How He Asked
I’m back in a country I love (London), and I’m glowing because I’ve finally get to show Andrew around the city I’ve studied abroad in. We wander around the city; hands intertwined the whole day. It’s been a perfect day. We get back to our hotel room and I start pulling myself together. Andrew has planned a dinner with friends and before hand we were going collect them at their workplace…which happened to be a theatre (I love the theatre so was really excited about going there!)
Once we arrive, we are told our friends are running late so, whilst we wait, we sit down on wooden chairs and begin to watch a rehearsal for a play I’ve loved ever since middle school: Romeo and Juliet.
After a few minutes Andrew excuses himself to use the bathroom and I continue to watch the actors on stage. As the scene comes to an end I turn around and hear the most beautiful music. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a gospel choir enters and as they start singing, I realize they’re singing to me.
Suddenly Andrew comes back from “the bathroom” and he pulls me into the centre of the room; the actors, the singers, the quartet…suddenly it all becomes clear. This was orchestrated just for me.
Andrew pulls out the ring I had always hoped for and he’s down on one knee. I got the words out enough to breathe out an excited, “Yes!”
My head is spinning. I realize what has just happened. The moment I’ve whispered and laughed about to my sister has just happened and it’s so much better than I could’ve possibly imagined.
I watch the man by my side gracefully talk about how he planned this entire proposal and the room stops spinning. Every date, every stupid little argument, every milestone the two of us have experienced in the past two and a half years has all led to this moment.
The person I love most in the whole world has just pledged to be with me for the rest of their lives. I look at my left hand and realize my forever has just begun.