When E bent down on one knee to ask me to spend the rest of my life with him, he was not expecting the reaction that I made.
I have talked about sharing too much about your personal life online, but I feel like this story is a good one to share.
E and I have been together for over 9 years now and there were several moments when I thought, “Oh my God, this is it. He is going to propose. This moment is perfect. Wait… what is he doing? Oh, he is just getting his camera out. Not this time…soon though.” Here are some of the magical moments when I thought E was about to pop the question:
This went on for a few years and then I just told myself “It will happen when it happens. Stop trying to predict it.” I realised that it didn’t matter when it was going to happen because no matter what I would want to spend the rest of my life with E. It probably didn’t help that I had a list of rules that he had to obey when it came to proposing. So when it did finally happen, my reaction probably wasn’t the best.
We had taken time off from work to escape from the World a little. So we travelled to the West Coast to go camping. We stopped in Aviemore for a few nights as it is one of my favourite places on the planet and we did lots of outdoor activities, like archery and fishing.
On the 25th August 2015 E and I went to the RSSZ Highland Wildlife Park. We drove around the park looking closely at the amazing animals that they look after and then parked the car to walk around the rest of the park. An announcement came across the speakers to tell the visitors that the Tigers were about to get fed. Whenever I visit Zoos, I never go to these shows as I find it hard to enjoy the moment with the crowd pushing in. So when all the visitors headed to the Tiger zone, we ran to the Polar Bear enclosure, which has been the most popular attraction that day. We entered the wooden viewing room that looks down on the Polar Bears and there was no one there. Perfect.
The Polar Bears hadn’t been that active that day, so I was so excited when they came out of their den and started to swim and play in their pool. It was such an amazing moment. I have never seen a Polar Bear like this before. I looked towards E and said, “Isn’t this magical?” - he was too busy on his knee, digging around in his backpack for his camera to take a moment and look. E is a photographer and he doesn’t go on any trip without his big camera, but I always get frustrated when he spoils a moment by taking photos. So I started to snap.
“For F**k sake E! Stop digging for your F**king camera and just enjoy this with me! Look. You are missing them. You do this all time…”
His digging became more frantic as I got more frustrated and then he was muttering “open…just f**king open…” I didn’t realise what he was doing. Then all of a sudden he reached out with a black box saying, “Will you marry me?” My reaction:
Silence. Confusion. Realisation. “Is this a F**king joke?” Run away. Literally. Out of the room.
I burst in to tears, didn’t know what to. I panicked. I came back in to the room straight away, crying. E had packed up the ring box because he thought it was a “No” but it was far from it. I took the ring box, sat on the bench clutching it, crying like a baby whilst a family of Japanese tourists came in and wondered what the hell had happened. E sat beside me hugging in to me with a massive grin on his face. Then he took a selfie of us. It is the WORST photo I have ever seen of myself. No make up. Face wrinkled up. Tears streaming. Red cheeks. Red eyes. I looked like Golem finally got his ring.
After that, I walked about two paces behind Ewan, blubbering like a twat as he lead me around holding on to my right hand. He stopped at one point and pulled me aside to beg me to stop crying because it looked like he had fallen out with me. I was just so uncontrollably happy that I just kept crying.
I thought that it would be a true Hollywood moment. I always thought I would say “yes! Of course!” then leap in to his arms wearing the ring. Not sitting on a bench weeping with a couple of Polar Bears swimming and a Japanese woman staring at me.
But you can’t predict everything.
Tell me about your engagement story. Or times when you think it was about to happen.