Pattie & Jack
Pattie & Jack
Pattie and I have known each other for about 14 years, but by happenstance re-connected after running into each other where we both live now in Richmond, Virginia. Long story short, our first 'date' before we were officially dating, was skydiving on her 26th birthday at an airport near where we grew up. I chose this airport as the location for the proposal and also the date I chose (June 2) coincided with June's full moon. My fascination with the full moon-rise and my hobby as a private pilot at that location I thought would make for a great adventure.
My plan was to take her up for a flight to watch the full moon pop up over the horizon as the sun sets only to divert to the airport and hop out to do the proposal. However, the weather didn't cooperate and we instead changed plans to "have dinner" with my parents. Knowing we'd take the car, I planted an artifact from our early relationship, a "twistie-tie" that she had kidding about wanting for her engagement ring, because I knew she would notice it and comment about it. I was right! She picked it up and asked what it was, and I told her it was just something from my lunch that day I was playing with. She didn't notice where it was from or what it was foreshadowing.
On the way to "dinner with my parents", I asked her if it'd be OK if we stopped by the airport on the way to dinner to see a B-12 bomber that was parked there overnight (there was no such plane around). To add to the candid moments leading up to it, she was extremely tired after work that day and was napping the car all thew way there!! Nevertheless, she got out of the car with me and we walked onto the Tarmac and she noticed there was not large WWII bomber in sight. I told her that it may be on the other side of a hanger to our left so we walked hand-in-hand towards the hanger (actually the hangar where we suited up two years prior to go skydiving!). As we got closer, she saw 6 candle-lit lanterns arranged in a circle among the grass, which threw her off... I watched her face turn from 'where's the bomber' to confusion about the lanterns neatly organized in the grass. She asked "What is this? Is this YOU??". I simply asked her as we continued to walk towards the lanterns if she was "...ready to turn that "twistie-tie" into the real deal?". She couldn't believe it! She was immediately overcome by happiness that the moment had finally come to start our journey together - something she had hinted about for a couple of months before. I gave her my little speech (unprepared, but natural, just the way I wanted it!) and got on one knee and popped the question, pulling the beautiful ring from my back pocket! She said YES on the verge of tears and I slipped the ring on her finger which was trembling at this point! She was already telling me beautiful she thought the ring was and that it was perfect.
I think she spent the next solid 15 minutes holding me as tight as she could telling me happy she would and how shocked she was. She couldn't believe still what had just happened, kidding with me to "do it again!". The weather held off but we were surrounded by thunderstorm clouds and lightning which actually made it really awesome! Furthermore, I was actually really excited that we didn't fly because we were able to drive another 30 minutes past the airport to personally visit her grandparents, parents and my parents to celebrate the beginning of our new chapter. It was hands-down the best night of our lives