The morning started with my English teacher Tracy bringing a cloud with snow over. Somewhat bizarrely between all the sunshine, but she said the cloud followed her around. After some nasty grammar lesson she kindly offered to drive me to the University district, where I was volunteering to make travel arrangements for the participants of the Grameen foundations for a conference in India .
When I was done, I made my way through several streets to the parking lot at the Whole Foods where I met up with the Marco. I stopped at the tower record before to buy myself a Heidi DVD. I felt like it!
We went for a quick dinner and I changed my outfit in the car so we could go to the International Valentine Party at Joe's. On the way to Joe's Marco gave me a chocolate rose and a nice Valentine card and I've been somewhat pleased, but not overwhelmed. I kind of expected a proposal (our upcoming wedding plans did not leave very much time anymore) for a while and thought he might be up for something at tonight's party.
There were 10 people from different countries (Turkey, US, France, India, Japan, China, Mexico, Germany) there, nice decoration with candles lit, sausage and cheese cubes (as always) and yummy cookies, plus Slow Music and beer or rose, strawberry Prosecco. We mingled a bit and then headed home. I was a little confused that I was wrong about Marco proposing at the party. It would have been a good opportunity - everything already decorated, some audience, nice music.
Marco went to the bridge but did not head back home but down to Alki Beach. There, I had to wait in the car and when I was allowed to come out after about 5 minutes, he had set up a very romantic heart of candles in the sand . He sat me down on a towel over a tree log and let me enjoy the moon and the stars with a glass of Freixenet champagne.
Because I was a bit disappointed by the chocolate rose he gave me earlier he announced "Here is your real valentine gift " with a bouquet of 25 perfect red roses.
Then came the proposal (squatting , not kneeling, shaken not steered).
Marco asked me what I read earlier on the card he had given me - and I stammered something as I did not remember well. The answer to the questions on his Valentine's card let to him giving me a golden necklace with a keys and a little heart attached - instead of an engagement ring, as I do not like wearing rings.
Because it was a bit cold we went back to the car after a few minutes and sipped some more champagne at home.
It was very romantic in Marco's very own way. No audience. Just the moon, stars and us!
Optimistic, curious, human bee.