On Christmas day, I proposed to the most beautiful, caring, wonderfully outspoken, intelligent and funny person I know: Ellie Leeper. It was a day I will never forget. We were in California for Christmas with some close family and friends. Ellie, my parents and I were staying a few miles away from my sister Jen’s house in Los Angeles.
I woke up with a nervous excitement that I have never experienced before. My resting heart rate couldn’t have been lower than 120 beats per minute, and sitting still was impossible. I wasn’t anxious because I didn’t think it would go well, or because I wasn’t sure, it was just the anticipation leading up to the most important moment of my life to date that I had a hard time handling. I was ready, I had never been so sure of anything in my life; I just wanted the moment to arrive already!
After what seemed like an eternity, we left for my sister’s house dressed for her 1940’s themed Christmas party. Once we arrived, Ellie could more than likely tell something was up. I wasn’t myself. I wanted to just act naturally, but I couldn’t. This was going to be a huge moment. I sat down, and then I stood up. I paced around and I tapped my foot. It was a challenge to keep it together.
The plan was for my sister Julie to lead a Christmas sing-along on her guitar; halfway through the music packet she would announce that I had a special song to sing. Julie handed out the packets with lyrics to the carols and our family started to sing. At this point I could hardly contain myself. No one knew I was about to propose except for my immediate family. Everyone was happily singing along, completely oblivious to the internal torment I was feeling.
After two Christmas carols I was unable to handle the anticipation anymore. I blurted, “how about silent night?!”…Silent Night wasn’t even a song in the packet. Everyone gave me a confused look, but they carried on with the sing-along.
Eventually, my sister Julie sensed I was about to explode, and cut things short to announce that I had a special song to sing for Ellie. Despite the fact that I am a music teacher, before that moment I had actually never sung by myself in public. I had practiced a lot, however, and I was confident that I would do well.
I sat down at the piano and began to play the chords to John Legend’s, “All of Me.” At this point, I think Ellie knew what was happening. I played and sang the song quite well under the circumstances. I did choke up a bit in the middle of the performance, thinking about how happy the elegant lady in front of me was going to make me for the rest of my life.
When I finished performing the song, I reached inside the piano bench where I hid the ring. I walked over to my stunning soon-to-be fiancée, knelt down on one knee, and asked her to marry me. She said yes immediately, and we hugged and kissed with overwhelming joy.
Jen had champagne hidden and ready to pass as soon as Ellie said “yes.” We all raised a glass in a collective toast in celebration of the exciting news. And just like that, one thousand pounds had been lifted off of my shoulders and I had a fiancée. It was, without a doubt, the happiest day of my life so far.
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