It all started with fireworks …
Derrick and I met in person on July 2, 2016, although we had been talking via JSwipe and then the phone for weeks. I almost ghosted him, but I’m so glad I didn’t. Anyway, we went out on July 2 and watched the fireworks in Waterford. Then we went out again on July 3 and watched the fireworks in Birmingham. And I guess the rest is history, although it took five dates ending in awkward hugs before I realized that he actually liked me.
Fast forward to Feb. 14, 2018 (Valentine’s Day). I had been suspecting that Derrick might propose during Chanukah or New Year’s. It didn’t happen, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. But I finally stopped thinking about it and figured it would happen when it would happen.
And it did.
Derrick made me dinner. I was very confused because he was dressed nicely, but we weren’t going out. I kept asking why he was dressed so nice if he was cooking — and I was also thinking that I couldn’t wait to get into my pajamas. We had a pleasant dinner. Then we exchanged gifts. He gave me a giant pink (my favorite color) gift bag, full of pink tissue paper. I kept pulling out tissue paper and when I finally got to the bottom, there was nothing in the bag. I looked at him and he got down on one knee.
He said a lot of things, but I think I might have blacked out a bit. I believe the first words that came out of my mouth were, “Are you SERIOUS?” I cried, we hugged and I eventually said YES when I realized I hadn’t yet.
I’m the kind of girl that has spent a long time thinking about getting engaged and my wedding. But when the proposal actually happened, it was completely surreal. It was wonderful and perfect, and Derrick even met with my mom ahead of time to ask her if he could marry me. As a couple, we have our ups and downs, but he really got the proposal right.
I guess we have something for holidays, as we’re getting married on May 5, 2019 (Cinco de Mayo).
A few weeks into our relationship, Derrick told me that while he identified as Jewish, he wasn’t raised Jewish. He’ll be converting and I’ll be sharing some of that journey on this blog. But for now, that’s our story in a nutshell. I’m excited that I get to spend the rest of my life with him!