This is Part 2 to the love story of how my wife Harmonie and I have gotten to the life we enjoy today. If you missed Part 1 to this series please check it out here: Part 1 — How We Met. Now the continuation of the story.…
We met for dinner that night and had lots of questions for each other. The sparks were flying, so we began feeling each other out on topics ranging from our jobs to childhoods. We had a great deal in common and I still couldn’t believe I had met her online. My pessimism towards online dating sites began to fade with each hour I spent with Harmonie. Dinner was finished, and as we went out separate ways for the night, I knew this was the beginning of something special.
The very next day at work, I was informed I would be deploying in two weeks. This struck a disturbing chord with me. I had just enjoyed the best day of my life up to that point and couldn’t imagine Harmonie would want to continue dating someone she just met and who is leaving for four months. I wrestled over ways to tell her the news and the next day I finally just told her. We sat down and discussed everything involved with me deploying, from me having to put my belongings in storage to the difficulties of a long distance relationship, especially such a new one.
I could tell during this conversation we were both nervous about what would happen. Our connection was unlike anything either of us had ever experienced and we were only a few days into knowing each other. Then out of nowhere we came to an agreement. We decided to store my stuff at her place and we would stay committed to working on a relationship upon my return from Afghanistan. This seemed like a great idea, but I felt like it wasn’t enough. From the moment I met her, I knew I wanted to spend my life with her.
Two days later was Valentines Day, the 6th day of us knowing each other, and Harmonie made it a very special day. She decorated her entire condo and cooked an unbelievable meal. Although neither of us care much for Valentines Day, it gave us the opportunity to have a very romantic evening. Our love for each other was growing at an incredible pace and with the deployment looming over our heads, we started truly believing we could make this work no matter what. The following day changed our lives forever.
Now, one week after meeting, we were moving my stuff from my apartment into her place. Carload after carload, we drove things from one side of the city to the other. As the day progressed, as we were loading the last things into our cars, a strong feeling washed over me. I couldn’t understand it immediately, but on our drive back to her house, I was following her in my car and I saw a Jared’s (a jewelry store) and then it hit me; I’m not going to let this woman go, so I’m going to ask her to marry me.
I went into the store and told the saleswoman what I was doing and I’m pretty sure she thought I was crazy. To make things tougher, Harmonie was texting me on my phone asking where I was. Telling her I was stuck in traffic, I had to pick out the ring quickly. I browsed through hundreds of options and one ring stood out. It was a very elegant, yet simple ring that I just knew she would love. (Now at this point, most of you probably think I’m nuts, and I may have been, but it wasn’t going to stop me.)
The toughest part of this whole situation? I may have had a good idea she would say yes, but it had only been 7 days. What if she thought I was out of my mind? I might be walking in and proposing, all to make this entire moving in situation completely uncomfortable, but something told me it was all going to work out.
I quickly got back to her place, walked in, and asked her to come give me a kiss. Just before she got to me, I went down on one knee, took a deep breath, and asked the woman of my dreams to marry me. As I looked at her gorgeous face, I opened the box and tears started running down her face. With an emotional “yes,” I placed the ring on her finger and we kissed, rejoicing our new engagement. This was a new beginning for us and many uncertainties remained, but we both knew one thing for sure: We were madly in love with each other and that’s all that mattered.
Thank you for reading the second part of my Blog Series, A Love Story for the Ages — Part 2 — The Proposal. While writing this I realized I would never change a thing about how I proposed to my wife. It may have been hasty and unconventional, but without my wife, I wouldn’t be half the man I am to this day. I love you with all my heart Harmonie Meyer!