When Claudia met Corey: A Facebook Reunion
It had been 23 years, 9 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days we gathered since the last time we met. He was in Canada while She spend her years in Sunny California.
Call it luck, fate, destiny, “perfect timing”, the Internet gods, or computer love-dunno. But after 5 months of daily conversation by phone, a “first sight” meeting that lasted 5 days, a friend’s Canadian wedding, and a drive back to L.A., we stopped in downtown Portland to eat.
La Fonda Restaurant was hardly the place I envisioned proposing to Claudia. Totally shocked her too apparently. We were talking and shopping rings, eating the best lunch plate, and enjoying eachothers company-like this had been our routine for 20 years.
We spent the afternoon looking at rings, pricing them, and comparing notes when I thought it would be a good time to propose. So, a few qualifying questions, few beers, and a “Will you marry me if I bought that ring” type confirmation later, I pocketed the shined, sized, and bought ring in less than ten minutes!
I got nervous so I went to the restroom to practice my speech and summon my courage. I returned to realize my courage was left at the bathroom door and there was never a speech!
So I gave her the bag which contained an empty ring box. Just as she was about to ask where’s the ring, I slid off the chair to one knee with a ring stealthily slipped onto my pinky. The gesture was more than the speech could have ever provided. All I know that I said something which she agreed to and we have been engaged ever since.
I am reminded of that day by Claudia’s smile, her giddy ways, and how she always seems to glow when she talks about the ring and our wedding day. She says she has never taken it off but to clean (I make it a habit when I clean it to get on one knee and place it on her finger!) it or wash her hair. I am amazed at how much she cherishes our engagement and our wedding day.
I didn’t expect a trip from L.A. to Canada, and Portland, Oregon with Claudia would add so much to my life. She is the love of my life I had to wait 23 years to receive. But 23 years is like 23 minutes in that we have shared so much in 2009!
Thank you Claudia and Corey for sharing this amazing engagement story! now here are a few of there wedding pictures 🙂