A lawyer friend of mine once gave me some advice; never ask a question if you don’t know the answer. So the issue in proposing to my lovely fiancé was how to surprise her. The answer is misdirection. I had met discreetly with Rick for months to get the perfect ring. Although she knew I was working on it, she did not know it was already in my possession. The opportunity came with a spontaneous trip, suggested by her, to see Hamilton in Chicago. A romantic dinner with theatre tickets was the perfect scenario for proposing.
We ordered champagne to toast to our night and I asked the waiter to take a picture of us. As I moved around the table I naturally had to kneel to be at her level. While she was looking at the camera, I reached in my pocket and said, “While I’m down here, Will You Marry Me? The look of surprise and love will be one I remember for the rest of my life.