September 3, 2016
It all started when I received a disheartening text from Ronald while I was visiting family in California. Unlike my previous three birthdays, Ronald would spend the morning of my birthday in a mandatory church-related meeting. Oh, how upset I felt! Coincidentally, a few hours later, I received a text from my one of my besties Alyssa who invited me to breakfast. I quickly agreed and texted Ronald that I too had plans that morning.
I ran late to breakfast and agreed to meet Alyssa for coffee instead. As I greeted Alyssa, I noticed she was actively video recording our interaction. I paid it no mind. After all, Alyssa owns her own photo/video business. Little did I know that the proposal had already begun. After coffee, Alyssa was adamant about having cupcakes right away. As we entered my favorite cupcake shop, Molly’s, Brendan, the cashier said, “Happy Birthday Wonder Woman, I have a gift for you.” I was instantly dumbfounded since Ronald is the only one who calls me Wonder Woman. I opened the meticulously wrapped gift and found a framed picture of me beautifully surrounded by sunflowers. Just above the sunflowers were three amazing adjectives. The back of the frame listed a second location to visit. I realized it was a scavenger hunt and Ronald was up to something. It had to be him! The third and fourth locations were also very meaningful. At each location I received another wrapped gift while Alyssa continued video recording. The instructions on back of the second to last frame directed me to “Washington Square Park bench.” It was then I knew what Ronald had up his sleeves. Three winters ago, on a snow-covered bench, Ronald wrote his love for me.
As I approached the bench, I saw Ronald dressed impeccably as he carried another wrapped gift and my favorite flowers in his hands –sunflowers. I also heard a familiar tune being played by a random trumpeter. Ronald hired Satish to play Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are,” which Ronald dedicated to me four years ago. As I greeted Ronald he said, “Happy Birthday Wonder Woman” and gave me what I thought was the final gift. He then escorted me to Washington Square Park’s fountain. It was there where a very special surprise was waiting for me. I was filled with shock and happiness when I saw my mother standing near the fountain. Ronald flew my mother from California and arranged her stay at a hotel the night before. I least expected seeing my mother who I just saw in California two days ago. I always dreamt of my mother witnessing my proposal. This time, it was not a dream. My mother gave me the last wrapped gift. After I read it, I discovered that Ronald was down on one knee. He asked me to marry him. Without hesitation, I said, “of course” and kissed him. September 3, 2016 will always be the best birthday ever.