Here it goes, my attempt at writing our engagement story.
If there is one thing people should know about JP, he is not the showy and sweet type of guy. We may appear to look like we are a showy couple, always kissing and hugging in public places, but that is because I initiated it. If it were up to him, we will all be prim and proper.
So imagine how surprised I was when he actually put a ring on it. <cue Single Ladies by Beyonce>
That is another thing people should know about JP, he really surprises me on rare occassions. I know it was effort on his part to buy that ring and to actually give it to me.
We got engaged on our fifth anniversary as a couple. It was special indeed but all along I thought of nothing about being engaged. Prior to our anniversary, we have already began planning on how to save up for our wedding, the date we wanted and I am actually making a canvass of possible suppliers we may get. We are even planning on formally telling our parents that we are going to get married in 2012 at the end of this year.
It was a typical date night for us. I was even the one who reserve the restaurant where we will celebrate our anniversary. HE CAME IN LATE hahaha!:) Almost reaching two hours of waiting for me. I was beginning to get so utterly pissed because he did not left the office early enough to be on time for our anniversary dinner. But somehow I felt there is something amiss about the whole thing. You see, prior to our meeting, my officemates were telling me they felt he will propose on our anniversary. I only entertained it half-heartedly.
After rushing inside the restaurant, I was surprised to see him in a suit. My heart skipped and thoughts of a proposal entered my mind. I was teasing him how "well prepared" he was and where are the flowers he was supposed to give me. I got disappointing answers hahahaha!:) One, there are no flowers and two, the suit was the thing he bought the day before when he was at the mall and he called me up.
While we were eating dinner, I gave him my gift, a ring and a stuff toy. Yes, I gave him a RING. Why? Because for the longest time he was asking me to give him one since I already have a ring from him, a white gold coated ring band he got from college. He was so happy about the ring I gave him and how I was able to surprise him about the video the night before. I noticed he was getting edgy at his seat trying to look for something. Then he excused himself to use the toilet.
You know what entered my mind at that moment, he might be conspiring with the waiters to put the ring on our dessert or something. It is true! I was never a fan of all that mushy, romantic films but that was the thought that entered my mind. Just like in the movies hahaha!:)
After he came back, I was kidding him where my gifts are and he said he does not have one. Being not the showy kind of boyfriend, he only gave me letters during our anniversaries and I always look forward to that. He never showered me with gifts but the occassional stuff toys (make it two) and I was not complaining but the least is I would want to receive a letter. It is our fifth year after all. He reached for his bag and out came a card. The contents are very touching and I was happy. But then at the end it said "end of part one". I asked him what he meant only to be answered that probably he was sleepy when he made the letter and did not know what he was writing.
At this point I really got nervous but after the answer he gave me, I was not expecting much anymore. We went on having our dinner and before ordering dessert, out came card number two. I was already crying while reading the contents. That was more then enough for me. In his letter he offered his heart to me, giving me all the liberty to take care of it or break it. That was what he said and that already assured me how much he loves me.
During the dessert, he went on saying that I should check the tiramisu for a ring and we had a good laugh at that although at the back of my head I can hear my conscience laughing at me and saying "BURRNNNEEDD!" hahaha!:) I also felt I was in court with all his questions. He "interrogated" me about how I would feel if he would give me an engagement ring (although he said I never need one anyway hehehe!), what if the diamonds are small and what will be my reaction. To which I answered that it is okay not to give me one because we are saving up for the wedding but of course I am just a girl not to refuse. And even if it only has small diamonds, for sure I will cry when he gives me one.
Dinner ended and we lingered a bit more. He suddenly asked for the ring he gave me. He told me "Luma na yan palitan na natin" (It's old already, let's changed it.). I said no worries because there is no need to, but really I was getting nervous and praying so hard he was not just joking me about it.
I asked for the ring back and HE REFUSED to give it. I really do not want to expect so I just let him get away with it for a few minutes and we continued talking. After a while, I asked him again if I could have my ring back and he refused to give it again saying it was old. I told him it is unfair that he has a ring from me and I do not have one and besides the ring was mine already. I asked him one more time and when he again refused I asked him "Ano meron???!" (What's happening?)
All he said was "Palagay ko kailangan na natin palitan yan" (I think it's time we change it.) while reaching in his suit pockets for a red velvet box that contained this:
All I can say was "Ano yan???!!! Ikaw ha! Ano ito???!!!" (What's that???!!! What's this???!!!) and "Tama si Mam Beth magpropropose ka na nga!" (Mam Beth was right, you are going to propose) while tears were running down my face and surprisingly, he was teary eyed too. He told me at the end it was a good thing we were the only ones left at the restaurant.
Just by that we got engaged.
He knew me too well that I am not the type who fancies a traditional proposal. All was a blur and he actually told me that he asked me to marry him but I cannot remember. I asked him to put on the ring though hahaha!:) He need not asked because I am sure I would want to spent this lifetime with him.
And by the way, the reason for him being late is he has to buy the ring and the reason for my "interrogation" is he has to check if what I would tell him will be the same reaction he would be getting when he proposes.
He said he got what he wanted and it made him happy. :)