That is how long my sweetie and I have been together.
How can I surprise her?
First, I tell her we have plans for a dinner with our friends. I let our friends in on the secret so they play along. I need to make sure my honey keeps the entire day free because I have plans.. Big plans.
It isn’t often you propose marriage, at least it hasn’t been often in my life. If you are the one and done kind of person, you get one chance so you better do it right and make it memorable. I’ve know my girlfriend for two years, and we’ve been dating for one. I read once that if you want to get married you should know after 12 months. I think that makes sense.
We live in paradise, Sarasota, so I have a lot of possibilities to make it memorable, but here is what I think we will do. We both love Broadway plays so I’ve bought center orchestra seats at the Van Wezel for the Sunday matinee performance of “Neal Berg’s 107 Years of Broadway.” It is a collection of some of the best Broadway tunes. She will love it. We both grew up on Fiddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, Mame, and Cabaret. I know she’ll love it. It light. It’s happy. It’s romantic. What better way to get into the mood.
After the matinee, we will go home to get ready for our dinner with our friends. When it comes to leave, I will surprise her with a gold necklace to commemorate our anniversary. Now, she will begin to suspect that something is up, especially when a sedan service driver knocks on our door to take us to dinner, and I have to tell her our friends will not be joining us. I checked out the sedan service ahead of time and reserved one of the deluxe luxury models. I thought a limousine would be too much.
I will tell her I want both us to be able to enjoy our dinner and drinks without having to worry about driving home under the influence. She thinks we going to one of favorite upscale restaurants near downtown Sarasota, but I have another surprise in store when the driver takes us to Marina Jack II for a sunset cruise through the inter-coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico. It will be the perfect blend of exquisite cuisine and natural beauty.
The menu includes Peppercorn Crusted Prime Rib or Grilled Salmon with a Saffron Cream Sauce. We can go all out with Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Cake and Caramel Cake for dessert. All of her favorites.
We will have a gorgeous view of the sun setting while eating dinner. We are never at loss for conversation. We are best friends, which makes our relationship even better. We just enjoy spending time with each other. After dinner, we can dance to a nice little show band. I plan to take her to a secluded part of the ship, overlooking the tranquil waters of the gulf and propose. I bought the ring a few weeks earlier. I’m pretty certain she is going to say yes. If she doesn’t I still think she will like what I have planned for next.
As the evening comes to end, the ship docks and we disembark.
There is the sedan service driver waiting to take us home, but instead he takes us to the Ritz Carlton where I have reserved a suite. Unbeknownst to my sweetie, I packed clothes for her to wear the next day, and I went to Victoria Secrets to pick out a very sexy teddie! When we arrive at the Ritz, we go into the lounge for a nightcap before we head to our room where champagne and strawberries are awaiting us.
I don’t think I have to tell you what comes next. There is a hot tub for us to relax in plus a king-size bed. I’m not even certain if she will ever need the teddie I bought.
I think my sweetie will like everything I planned for us, especially the wedding proposal. She’s been hinting for a few months now.
In the morning when we rise, we do have to get to work, she more than me. No problem, the sedan service driver is waiting to take her to work, and will pick up her up at the end of the day to bring her home, hopefully with a diamond engagement ring on her hand.