Sunday, March 18, 2007

My treasure hunt...

So, Friday evening Donnie said that he had a surprise planned for Saturday. Olivia and I were to be ready at 10:30 exactly, and to wear stuff that is appropriate for walking in the snow. I thought it was a trip out to his cabin at the lake, so at 10:30, we were ready with boots and snow gear, snacks and drinks packed. At 10:30, he knocked on the door, and when I opened it, I was surprised to see him standing there, grinning widely. He was holding a small florist's bundle. Inside were two red roses: one for me, and one for Olivia. Then, he handed me two cards, and told me which one to open first. He kissed me, and said, "Ok...I'm off...the cards will explain what is going on. See you later."

I was slightly confused, and at this point, I was thinking that this was a strange way to head off to the lake.

Ok...I'm not exactly sharp in the morning.

The first card read:
Good morning, my love! Your goal for today's adventure is simple; find me! Ten minutes from now, you may open the envelope labelled One. Inside that envelope is a clue that will lead you to the first stop in your search for my location. The clues, along with your memory, should lead you to that final place, and though you may encounter several people along your journey, they may not assist you other than to provide you with the next clue envelope. Good Luck! Hopefully, I will see you later.

You don't know how much I cursed that whole 'wait ten minutes' crap. After pacing for nine minutes and fifty-five seconds, I ripped open envelope One. Inside, it told me to go with Olivia to my parents' house to get my second envelope. I got to my mom and dad's place, and saw the envelope tacked to the upstairs door. My mom was there in the kitchen and said, "Well, open up your envelope, and leave Olivia here." So, card Two read:
The next stages of this adventure are for you alone. Your young companion will remain here as you journey on. Travel now to the place where we often happened upon each other accidentally when you moved back to town. This key, and the number XXX are all you need when you arrive there.
So, of course, it was off to the post office for me. There, I found my next card.
Go now to the place where we rent movies to entertain us on cold winter nights. At the counter, ask the clerk for a copy of the movie we saw on our first real date, some three months ago.
So, I went to the local video store, got my copy of Casino Royale, and found my next clue:
Think back to the day we first met, more than twenty years ago. Go to that spot now. Find my car, and park behind it. Follow the trail through the snow to get your next clue.

We met at the swimming pool at the Regional Park, so I drove there, and found his car parked on the street. When I got out of my car, I saw a trail of footprints through the snow, marked with rose petals. I walked for a ways, and came across a small table, with a long-stemmed red rose and another envelope on it. Inside, the card read:
Your journey is nearly complete, here is where I first saw you, and first fell in love with you. I knew on that day that you were the perfect woman for me, and you are even more perfect now. I am so happy that after all of these years I have found you again.

The last step you have to take to find me today is...turn around!

At that point, I turned around, to find Donnie. He said, "Well, there's only one more thing you have to do. I have a little question for you to answer:

Will you marry me?"

Then he got down on one knee, in the snow, and opened up a ring box, which held the most gorgeous ring I have ever seen.

Of course, I said yes.

He has said before that he will never be super-rich, but he will always keep things interesting.

And our life together will always be an adventure.


Blogger Sarina said...

Congratulations, Kim! What a wonderful engagement story - and a wonderful guy. I wish you the best - Sarina

Mar. 18, 2007, 9:53:00 p.m.  
Blogger Princess Zarko said...


Mar. 19, 2007, 12:33:00 a.m.  
Blogger Karen said...

OMG!!!! I'm soooo happy for you! How fantastically wonderful! Many big wishes!

Mar. 19, 2007, 12:09:00 p.m.  

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