I'm a little slow on the uptake when it comes to romantic gestures. The first time that David asked me out, I didn't know it was a date until after it was over! I hadn't dated much, and my friend Laura had to analyse the evening for me.
Did he look nervous?After a month of casual dating, we were inseparable. Aboard a Metro Transit bus one day, we officially applied the boyfriend/girlfriend labels.
"Kind of?" was my response.
Did he pay for everything?
"Yeah, but he could have just been being nice!" I retorted.
Well, do you want it to be a date?
David's from New Zealand, so the first time he introduced me to his parents was via Skype. In February, 2010, we flew to New Zealand so I could meet his family in person. A few days into the trip, we made an excursion to Cathedral Cove. I had really wanted to visit this spot in particular - it was used as a film location for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (you know the scene when they're standing in the subway station and it disappears and they're on a beach? That cave). I was really excited, and wasn't even paying attention to David as he rummaged around in his bag - I was spellbound by the breathtaking scenery around me. When I finally noticed what he was doing, he was down on one knee.
"There's something I've been wanting to ask you... Will you marry me?" he asked. "...oh dear!" I said (yes, I really said that). Then I burst into happy tears and said yes. I might not be all that bright when it comes to romance, but David's got enough romantic smarts for the two of us - it was a perfect proposal.
We're getting married on August 19th, 2011, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.
*As submitted by Sarah Churney.