I always dreamed about having the perfect engagement story.
Long before I ever had a girlfriend, I wanted my future fiancé to be able to recount a magical tale – an elaborately orchestrated scenario which led to me on one knee asking her to get married.
At times I envisioned there would be rented-out movie theaters, trips to far-off destinations, family members flown in from across the country. Fireworks, flowers, farm animals – all were involved in various scenarios over the years.
Of course, I could never settle on the perfect engagement setup. I couldn’t afford it. I couldn’t find the time to make it happen. I couldn’t make it just right.
Last year I knew I had found the girl I wanted to marry. After years of dating around, I was ready to take the plunge and pop the question.
But I could not get over the crippling fear of finding the perfect engagement story. So I kept putting off the proposal.
In my head I could not propose to my girlfriend until I could create the greatest proposal of all time.
Then, right around Thanksgiving, something clicked. Continue reading