While I knew I was going to ask Crystal to marry me when we went away to Carmel, I wasn’t sure specifically when or where I was going to do the asking. In the days leading up to the trip, I thought maybe I would wait until Saturday, which would give me time to look around and find a place to ask my question.
But once we got there Friday afternoon, I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to be able to wait that long, and that I had better go about figuring out how I was going to do this.
We walked down to the beach a hour or so before sunset, just happy to finally be enjoying our weekend away. As we sat there and watched the sun go down, I was a little upset with myself for leaving the ring up in the hotel room.
When we went back to the room to freshen up before going to dinner, I made sure to find a moment or two to get the ring out of my bag and slip it into my pocket.
We wandered around Carmel trying to find a spot to eat dinner, somewhat taken aback by the town’s prohibition of both street numbers and street lights. Eventually we found a promising-looking Italian place with a wine bar next door where we could wait the hour for our table.
Dinner was excellent, though as we got closer and closer to finishing, I started to worry about where I was going to actually propose to Crystal. We had seen plenty of suitable spots on the way to dinner, unfortunately there were also plenty of tourists just like us wandering around them. There’s nothing wrong with getting engaged in a more public manner, but, let’s face it, that’s not really (as the kids say) how I roll.
Which is why the front of the Carmel City Library will forever be the place we almost got engaged.
I was getting a little worried as we got closer to our hotel. But then, as I thought about the room we were returning to, I realized the balcony off our room was quite lovely, and Carmel’s aforementioned prohibition on streetlights provided for an amazing starry backdrop.
As we stepped out of our room onto the balcony and into the stars, all that was left was for me to do was get my heart rate down and actually ask her if she would be willing to spend the rest of her life with me.
I asked. She said “yes.”