Saturday, August 14, 2010
How it happened:
We had hinted at some ideas as to how this might happen, and through such discussions, it
was clear that what would probably be best is a fairly traditional proposal over dinner.
So I started planning how to pull it off with at least a modicum of romantic flair.
I managed to sneak in some "props" without Kat getting overly suspicious. You see,
we went to Ruth's Chris for a fine steak dinner. Sometimes we bring in a sweater or
two when going to a restaurant, just in case they were blasting the cold air. I was able
to use a black leather bag to carry the supplies, wrapped in a black sweater, and keep
it mostly out of view.
After placing our dinner orders, I waited only another minute or two, and began to
execute the plan. It began with a rose, seemingly produced out of nowhere. This was
then followed by a pair of silver candlesticks with red candles, and a lighter with which
to ignite them. Kat looked on with confusion, and said "What are you doing?"
I simply replied, "I'm just lighting candles! I thought we could use some candles."
And then with a smile, I brought forth a hand-inked letter on parchment paper, with burnt
edging and a wax seal. Just as Kat read toward the last line of the letter, I moved
around the table, dropped to one knee, and opened a ring box containing a slip of
paper that had the letters "I.O.U", since we had said previously that choosing the
ring together is what we wanted to do.
Immediately at this moment, one of the wait-staff from the restaurant came to the table
with the soup and salad, and asked with a bewildered expression, "Uhm, who gets the salad?"
The poor man was stunned and wasn't sure what to do.
I had to hurriedly get up and get him to just put them anywhere on the table.
But it soon became the talk of the restaurant, with words of "congratulations" from
the staff at the end of our evening.