there was a boy and a girl. The boy loved the girl very much. So he asked her to marry him. She of course said yes, because he was such a dashing, loving, strong, intelligent, prince. Wait! What? That isn’t right. So, let’s go back to the beginning. Well, not all the way back, but back to the day that she made him feel very, very happy to be him.
It was March in 2004 and he took her on a trip to the happiest place on earth. That is right…Disney World. While the trip was no surprise, he had been sneaking and emailing and covertly planning a secret surprise just for her.
You see, the boy did love this girl very much so he had been planning to make this the most memorable of memorable days. He barely slept a wink the night before, thinking about where he needed to be and when, and how he was going to make sure there were no mistakes without her even knowing. When he got up early in the morning in their hotel room at the All Star Movie Resort he offered to go and get them some drinks for the morning while she finished getting ready. When he left he made phone calls to her parents and let them know that he would be asking her to marry him this day. He didn’t do this in advance because he knew if he had the secret would have been spilled long before this day. The parents were so thrilled with the news and couldn’t wait to hear from her later. Step one was done with no issues and without the girl knowing anything was amiss.
The boy got back to his room and made sure everything was in order. After a quick bite to eat, they were off to the Magic Kingdom for the day. It was definitely a magical day. The sky was crystal blue, the clouds fluffy like big pillows. The boy did his best to act like everything was normal, although his heart was about to burst from his chest in anticipation.
The boy and girl spent time walking around the park, seeing the sites, riding some rides, meeting some characters. After a while they came upon a wishing well hidden behind Cinderella’s Castle. They stood for a while, enjoying the view, the flowers, and talking about the vacation so far. This is when a young woman approached. Is she the villain of the story like in so many of Disney’s movies? Is she the good fairy that will help our young maiden on her quest? We will soon find out.
The young women approaches our young couple and asks if they would like to take part in something truly magical. The girl, being in the happiest place on earth says yes without hesitation. The young woman hands each of them a penny and tells them to toss them into the wishing well and close their eyes. Then she wants each of them to make a wish. She would like one of us to count backward from 100 down to 1 as both of us counting is kind of silly. The girl agrees to count and they both toss their coin into the fountain, close their eyes, and silently make their wish. As the girl starts counting the boy looks to see that her eyes are closed and slinks down the walkway to a store so he can watch in hiding what transpires with another fairy who is helping make all of his dreams a reality.
When the girl opens her eyes she turns to the fairy and she tells her to follow her down the path. At this point the girl notices that the boy is missing. The fairy tells her not to worry as she is sure that he is safe on his own adventure. As the girl and the fairy walk toward the Carrousel she gives her a card which reads “You have made my life a living fantasy-come-true! Now take a ride on Cinderella’s Carrousel”. At this point the fairy which was with the boy leaves and gets in line for the carrousel right behind the girl.
The girl gets on the carrousel and as the carrousel starts to spin the newest fairy hands her a new card which reads “No matter what the ups and downs, even wild horses will not take me away from you! Now go to It’s a Small World!”
When the girl gets off of Cinderella’s Carrousel she heads toward “It’s a Small World”. Her smile widening as she wonders what is next on this wonderful adventure.
As she approaches another fairy swoops in and hands her another card telling the girl not to fret as she doesn’t have to ride “It’s a Small World”. The girl breathed a sigh of relief as she wasn’t sure if she could sit through the song as she wondered what was next. She looked down, remembering the card and read it. “You have given me a better appreciation for the Small World we live on but without you, my world would be empty. Now return to the well”. So she did just that with a new spring in her step.
As she approached the well she saw the boy, and the boy saw the girl. His heart was beating faster, his mouth dry. As she approached she smiled and asked the boy what was going on. The boy, unable to speak or say the words he had so wanted to say, handed her a glass slipper. On the slipper was engraved the words he so wanted to be able to say out loud. “Will You Marry Me?”. Looking at the slipper the girl began to tear up. Looking back at the boy her response would stay with him for ever. “Are you kidding me?”
Unwavering the boy pressed on. He shook his head and said “No”. Pulling a circular object from his pocket, the boy knelt before the girl and looked up to her as he said in a steady voice (although he is not sure how he managed to) “will you marry me?” as he slipped the circle of white gold and diamond around her finger. She pulled him to his feet as she cried and buried her face in his shirt. She kissed him again and again, laughing through tears of joy.
The boy, not hearing the words he so needed to hear told her she never said yes. She hit him playfully in the chest telling him “of course yes”! They kissed again and the was happy indeed.
While today is officially my ninth wedding anniversary, this is the story of how I got to that day with my lovely wife. She definitely makes me a better person, and I am glad that she said yes to me on that March day ten years ago. So to you my dear wife, I say thank you for putting up with everything that makes me who I am. I know it takes dedication to make it through some of the days. I can’t wait to see what adventures we will have next.
If you are looking for some help making an event memorable while at Disney World or any other Central Florida Theme Park, I suggest you check out Gifts of a Lifetime. They helped me make that day everything it was, and I am sure they will make yours memorable as well.