Michelle and Ryan
How We Met
Ryan and I met when we were 13. I had just moved to his town and we went to the same camp. We don’t really remember much about each other back then because we didn’t have the same classes or hang out with mutual friends. We were on the same bus all throughout middle school and high school.
We also worked at the same camp for 7 years together. When we were 16, I noticed how this geeky guy who could solve the Rubix cube behind his back in a minute was actually really attractive. We only had one class together, ever, and it was that year and it was chemistry. We became good friends for years until we started dating at 19 when we went to separate colleges.
How He Asked
I’ve known Ryan since we were 13. We started dating when we were in college & have been together for 6 years. For months we had been discussing the possibility of getting engaged. We looked at a few jewelry stores and I found a few rings I really liked. However, he continuously told me the time was not right to get engaged. During the summer of 2017, we went on 3 trips- Canada, Universal Studios, & Cape Cod. Being a dorky Harry Potter fan, I figured if there’s one good place to pop the question it has to be Harry Potter World right? Wrong. I went to Canada & Florida with thoughts that MAYBE I’d come back with a ring. So by the time the Cape Cod trip came, I didn’t really have my hopes up anymore. We had gone 6 days into the trip without him popping the question and the trip was almost over. Well, every year we go up to Yarmouth & visit my father’s old house and the boardwalk behind it. The boardwalk is sentimental to the family. My sister & I have the longitude & latitude tattooed on our sides.
It was just starting to rain, but my dad insisted on walking on the boardwalk until we found our plank (with our name on it), but I didn’t really want to. My mom encouraged me to & when we found it Ryan asked if I wanted to take a picture together. Since he never asks to take pictures together, I didn’t oppose & had my entire family holding up a camera to us. Looking back, I should have realized this was odd, but at the time I didn’t. When Dad says to say “cheese”, he gets down on one knee & takes my hand. He says “I told you when the time was right that we would do this. Now that I’m in that position, I don’t want to wait anymore. Will you marry me?” Through the sobs and tears, I said yes to my best friend. 34 years ago, my father was going to propose to my mom at the same exact boardwalk, but the weather was bad & she refused to get out of the car. I’m happy she nudged me to keep walking down the boardwalk to the moment I’ll never forget.