The ring was selected weeks before the date and place of the proposal. The time and location had to be special. The day after our two year anniversary, Saturday August 29th at the American Museum of Natural History. The AMNH had a photo booth and it's one of the many museums we enjoyed spending our weekends at. To throw her off, I made remarks on how I had to save up a lot to make the big purchase and shamelessly allowed her to pay for meals.
The remarks were a success as she believed it would be the next year the big question would be asked. I expressed interest (which may or may not have been a lie) in watching one of the documentary movies about space that was narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson shown at the museum. She agreed to attend.
I didn't think I would be nervous about the whole ordeal. I was anxious about having the ring at home and it not being on the hand it was meant for. When the day was a week away, there were no feelings of nervousness. On the day before, still nothing. The night before was different. It was hard for me to sleep. I had woken up every hour, anxious for the day to commence. The most nerve wrecking part had been transporting the ring via subway. I was checking my pockets every other stop. Annie noticed and asked what was wrong at some point, to which I responded "Just checking for my keys..." I didn't think I would be so nervous but I was.
To lure Annie to the place where the question would be popped, I pitched an idea for our next photo booth story.
When we got to the museum, she was a tired and hungry. The dangerous combination can lead a woman to become angry. When those feelings are fused together, one can become what is known as hangry.
To mend the hanginess, we stopped by the food court to eat. Although she was hangy, her hanger would not cloud her judgement to spend $9.00 on a subpar sandwich. She was willing to battle it through. I was worried the hanger of my companion would take away from the big moment. She wanted to get the story over with...so was I.
Before the first happy couple picture was snapped, I pulled out the ring from my pocket and got it ready for the next shot. I told her there would be a change of plans....and it happened.
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