Francis' Art Gallery Marriage Proposal to Ann

How we met: Ann and I have actually known each other since we were really young. However, we’re about 5 years apart in age. When I was in 2nd grade I was always hanging around with my best friend, Henry Hanke, who is Ann’s cousin. I was always at his house eating a ton of pizza and playing way too much Street Fighter. Ann would sometimes be there as well, hanging out with her cousin Helen Hanke (Henry’s sister). Now, we were really young then – so, we never really spoke to each other. Helen and Ann would always be in the bedroom playing yahtzee or uno or something (aka missing out on Street Fighter). And come on, I was like 12 and she was 7. Then, time passes and we rarely saw each other again.

Fast forward about 15 years later, I create a co-ed soccer team during one summer. I made the team just for the hell of it. Oh and by the way, I suck at soccer. I hung around too many guys then and didn’t know many girls that can be a part of my too-many-dudes team. Henry mentions that his cousin, Ann, can play on the team.

Henry brought Ann to the first game.

Ann and I met (again).

Henry is still my best friend.

How I Asked:  A month before Ann’s birthday, we were chatting and she made a joke, “You never make me anything.” I say it was a joke, because the truth is, I’ve made her plenty of things (but, that’s beside the point). Her joke sparked an idea: For the next month, I would make as many pieces of art as I can, and open up a pop-up art gallery for her birthday. The gallery would be about us and our lives together.

The gallery wouldn’t just be a surprise for her birthday, it would be the beginning of a promise. The promise to make her things for the rest of my life.

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