Operation Big Deal
Last spring Emily was working in Europe when Eric suggested
they explore Venice, Italy for his upcoming visit. Emily was so distracted with
work and moving to a different country every few days that she thought nothing
of his suspiciously romantic suggestion. The two made some very last minute
changes to their itineraries and decided to meet at the Santa Lucia train
station. After a ferry ride around the city and a few bottles of wine, the two
were very much in love with Venice and each other.
Eric had planned to propose the following evening on a
sunset cruise along the Grand Canal, but after a near miss in ring concealment,
and Eric's "hot potato" condition escalating, Operation "Big
Deal" was pushed to the next morning. The pair set out with no other plan
than to take in the culture and found themselves lost in a quiet residential
area about two miles from the city center. As they walked along a secluded
street separated by a canal, Eric noticed a small cobblestone bridge. Emily
began commenting on the very public laundry system (just how well do they know
their clothes line buddies before they start using the same line?!), when Eric
motioned for Emily to join him on the bridge. As she approached, still rambling
about the laundry, Eric leaned in and kissed her. He then carefully removed the
ring box from his pants pocket (noting the looming danger of the water below)
and got down on one knee, gently taking Emily's hand in the process.
Almost immediately, the once quiet street began stirring
with several groups of tourists on both sides of the bridge. Some people
started taking pictures with their phones, while others seemed completely
oblivious to the special moment. Equally
un-phased by the crowd, Eric told Emily she was his best friend, and that he
wanted to grow old together. The unexpected audience created a light-hearted
setting and kept the two smiling and laughing despite their heightened nerves.
Emily gave an enthusiastic nod and a quiet "yes," and Eric slipped
the ring on her finger. Mission success! Operation Big Deal was complete!!
Posted by Emily
on March 17th 2013