Then, I ran. I ran out the door, took off my shoes and ran across the campus to my car. I jumped in my car and suddenly felt very nervous.
"Here goes nothing." I untied the aqua colored ribbon and opened the final box.
Inside was a dollar and a rolled up scroll.
I left off at a pretty cruel spot, huh? Well, let's continue.
When I saw the dollar, I immediately thought about the toll to the beach. It only required a dollar; could it be? I unrolled the scroll and read the final message.
"Today will be a wonderful day. I need you to drive right now to Pensacola Beach and park near the giant water tower. Once you are parked, walk straight down to the water... Love, Dan."
At this point, I knew that the dollar was for the toll to the beach. Surprisingly for a Friday, the traffic in Gulf Breeze and to the beach was very steady. I arrived in no time at all.
As I drove up to the parking lot, I saw Dan from a distance. Immediately, a flood of emotions just overcame me. I wanted to laugh and cry and pass out all at the same time. I ran up to Dan and he gave me a huge hug.
Then, I rambled in Kaycee-like fashion about the boxes, and my coworkers, and the dollar, and trying not to speed through Gulf Breeze, and that he was there. Dan just laughed and told me to calm down.
Dan took me down to a couple of beach chairs that were facing the water.
When we sat down and after I finished expressing my shock, Dan said:
"Kaycee, I never would have thought four years ago we would be sitting here enjoying this beautiful day on Pensacola Beach. Then, I have given you the past. Yesterday, I gave you the present."
At this point unexpected tears started to well up in my eyes. (It must be a rule that girls have to cry when they get engaged.)
Dan got out of his chair, knelt on one knee and said, "Today, I give you the future. Kaycee, will you marry me?"
As I laughed and cried, I said, "Are you serious?!"
He put the ring on my finger, and I said, "YES!"
The rest of the evening was spent talking about the events leading up to this moment and talking about the future. Dan took me to the Grand Marlin for dinner to celebrate our engagement. It was one of the best days ever.
What's your proposal story? I'd love to hear about it!