Friday, March 20, 2009

The Proposal

On March 18th, 2009, Tyson and Shannon were at her house in the Twin Cities. He was able to talk her into going to Cup n Cone (a local ice cream establishment) and then to White Bear Lake (a nearby lake) even though it was only 50 degrees outside. It was somewhat of a tradition for them, so it didn't seem too out of the ordinary. While walking by the lake, they were not able to eat half of their ice cream before the combined cold of the dessert and the weather over took them. They sat down at a bench and cuddled for warmth. After more than 15 minutes of enjoying each other's company, Tyson asked, "Do you remember the last time we were here?" Shannon replied quickly by saying, "Yeah, this is where went on our first date." Tyson corrected her by saying, "No it wasn't. We were on a bench over there by the swings." Shannon agreed and said, "Wait, you are right." After a pause she said, "Oh, this is where you asked me out." Tyson disagreed again, "No it wasn't," but this time, he gave no reason. Shannon was positive that she was correct this time and replied, "No, this is where you asked me out." Tyson again replied negatively by saying "No..." with his hand beginning to come out of his pocket.

Although Shannon was certain that Tyson did not have time to get a ring before spring break, she had some suspicions that they had come to White Bear Lake that day in order for him to propose in the exact same spot in which he had asked her out. They were indeed at the very bench at which Tyson had asked Shannon to be his girlfriend. At that moment, Shannon had lost all hope that she would be proposed to today because Tyson apparently did not even remember that this is where he had asked her out.

Getting down on one knee, Tyson said, "No, this is where I proposed to you. Shannon Marie Jay, will you marry me?" In an expression that can only be described as happily shocked, Shannon sat motionless. Her mouth was open and her jaw dropped, but there was still a smile somewhere in there. She grabbed the ring box and hugged him. Tyson whispered in her ear, "You have not said anything yet." Finally, she whispered back, "I say yes."