So, What Did You Do Today?

Setting: Saturday, February 10, 1996. Our small apartment.

“So, what did you do today?” I asked filled with curiosity. Dave and I had been living together for a few weeks and hadn’t spent any time alone; we even worked together.

“Not much. Pat and I hung out, got some lunch, bought a ring,” Dave replied in a blur, completely clueless to what he had just said.

“What?” I thought I was hearing things.

“I wasn’t supposed to say that!” Dave shook his head, realizing his mistake. “Well, I better get it.”

He shuffled out the door and got the ring from his car. He was shaking – my big, strong, athletic boyfriend was shaking. I was standing in the minuscule hallway that ran along the length of our apartment, connecting the living area, kitchen, and small bedroom. He asked in a quiet, teary voice: “Will you marry me?”

“Of course!” I answered and he slipped a little golden ring with a flawed diamond on my finger. It was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen.

No bells and whistles, no Jumbotrons or gems hidden in desserts, just a little slip of the tongue.

Still going strong in 2012, our sixteenth Valentine’s Day.

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