March 12, 1985
It was a day that no young, love-struck girl could ever forget.
You know those stories of incredible thought, precision planning and meticulous events that end up with a million hits on youtube?
...the music montage of the couple's favorite love song, with all of their family in on it - ending up on a beach with rose petals and sea shells, and a man in a tuxedo - down on one knee - reciting the perfect words of love and devotion...
yea, it was nothing like that...
My story was none the less - for lack of a better word...epic
It all began one day just before Christmas in 1984. I was invited to a Christmas dinner at Dan Reed's house for all his friends. The chef was none other than Daniel B. Adkins - of the renown Coffee Break...master of the famous Friday night Turkey Dinner buffet. I had seen this cute red head before - at Lloyd's Rollercade - a few weeks before this. He had quite the moves on the rink, a gorgeous gold Camero, and now...he can cook? I must say I was interested.
After a few more encounters (trivial pursuit at Arlene McCommish's house, comet watching with Nathan Jenkins), I knew that this was a pretty special guy.
76 days later...he proposed
I knew that it was coming...sometime....but as he picked me up in his old, baby-blue F150 pick up that evening, he asked if I wanted to go to Calgary to pick out a ring.
Well, duh! Yes! He said something about not knowing how to ask and I said, "just ask".
He said, "okay, do you want to marry me?"
I replied, " Sure"...to which he replied...
"You are sitting on your ring"
Reaching under my butt I found a small plastic bag from Canadian Tire
(incredible foreshadowing here)
In that bag was a little purple box from Ben Moss jewelers.
We had looked at a few rings at different places, but a cook at the Coffee Break didn't make a whole lot of cash, so I never thought that he could have purchased it already. I was wrong.
I was right about the lack of cash though...but then I found out the rest of the story.
A few weeks before this, my beloved took a prized gun...a Winchester model 96 - over/under shotgun...to Bud Haynes Auction to sell in order to purchase
His family thought he was a little crazy. His dad thought he was totally crazy. Is this girl really worth sacrificing something like this?
He thought so...
He still does...
Who needs a million-hit-youtube-sensation proposal when you have that?