Posted: March 11, 2005

Today is a wonderful day. I have asked my girlfriend, Jennifer, to marry me and she said YES! I am officially engaged.

Here is what happened:

It all started in January, around the time of our one year anniversary of dating. Her dad came over one day to install a new garbage disposal unit in my kitchen sink. We spent a few hours together and when every was completed I asked him for permission to marry his daughter. To say he was shocked is an understatement, but once he composed himself he gave me permission. Once I had that, I began prepping for how I was going to do it.

One idea stuck out to me the most but I was struggling with the logistics of it all so I tried alternative ideas for how I was going to propose to, Jenn. I explained my idea to another friend and told her about my reservations about the way I was going to propose, but she reassured me that how I was going to propose was so me and that I should proceed with my plan.

My plan was simple..make a piece of art and somehow hang it in a gallery. So I started looking around for gallery space and contacted a friend of mine that is a director of an art gallery and asked for a huge allow me to hang a piece of artwork that was part of a proposal. I got her approval, I had gallery space for one image.

So I got to work on making the image for the day. I got it to the point where I needed another persons opinion on it...the one person whose opinion mattered, Jenn's. That's right she saw the image that I was going to use to ask her, but it had different wording and imagery on it. She like the layout and the image...unbeknownst to her. Well that evening, when she left I returned to the computer and finished the "real" image and sent it to get print.

Now the wait, till today March 11th. It was about a 3 week wait for the opening of the group show that I had my image in. So in the mean time I got things the ring and framing the artwork and letting Jenn know about the group art show that we would be attending.

March 11, the day of the opening...I pick Jenn up at her home and drive to the gallery. All the while, nervous as all get out, but I hid it well. We walked around a bit at the gallery and led her to where the art was hung. As we rounded the corner she looked at the wall were my art was and she looked at me and said, "That looks like your style". I said, "Yeah, look familiar?".

We got closer as she read the words, "Will you marry me?", she was awestruck, and turned around only to find me on one knee holding the ring out. She was blurting out..."Your picture is asking me to marry...your asking me to marry you??"

I asked, "Will you marry me?" at which she responded, "You are really asking me this...".

"Yes, Jenn, Will you marry me...." then she hugs me and says that she will. :-]

It took her a few minutes to stop jumping up and down with joy so that I could actually put the ring on her finger. :-]

We walked around the gallery are few minutes more...not really looking at artwork. :-]

There are a lot more details, but you get the gist of it.

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