K2tog: an Engagement Story
Julian and I were at the MDSWF on Saturday and Julian became intrigued by the R.E. Piland Goldsmiths booth in the Main Exhibition Hall. They specialize in handcrafted Celtic inspired jewelry. Julian took a liking to the extensive ring assortment and I bought him one of the sterling silver designs.
Fast forward through further yarn shopping and sheep gawking to that night. We were staying at the Columbia Hyatt and they suggested we go to nearby Ellicot City for dinner. It's a historical town where Main Street is lined with antique shops and restaurants. We found a cozy restaurant called Cacao Lane that seemed popular with the locals (Rachel Ray would be so proud!) We enjoyed a delicous steak and seafood dinner topped off by the most scrumptious chocolate mousse.
Afterward we strolled up the street peering into the windows of the antique shops and commenting on the treasures inside. I remember thinking that I was so happy and would love for it to be like this forever.
We crossed a pedestrian bridge passing over a flowing body of water that appeared black on this clear night. It led into a little park then we continued on to the historic B&O railroad station. We read the little plaques aloud that explained its significance during the Civil War then sat on a bench under a large tree.
We were talking quietly when a guy in a sports car pulled up to the traffic light obnoxiously revving his engine and blasting heavy metal music into the quiet night. We laughed over how it was ruining the moment. After he sped off squealing his tires while making a sharp left we sat there admiring the Celtic ring I had bought him at the festival. It was a little large on his finger so he took it off and went to put it on my left ring finger. I started protesting that he couldn't put it on that finger. When he asked why I simply answered, "Because, you know...."
He then said, "Well, I have a replacement ring..." The next thing I knew he reached into his pocket and pulled out A LITTLE BLACK BOX! He opened it to reveal a beautiful diamond ring with small channel cut diamonds on the sides. I was in shock and for a second thought it was all a joke. When he said, "...but you can only have it if you'll marry me" I realized it was the real deal! Without skipping a beat I exclaimed, "Of course I'll marry you!" He put the ring on my finger, we laughed, I cried, we called all our family to share the news and the rest is history :-)