Saturday night, I threw Hilary's 30th birthday party at our apartment. About 25 people came out to celebrate. As per my beloved's request, the theme of the night was "Second Childhood" so I put out ring toss and pin the tail on the donkey and all manner of toys to play with (plus copious food and booze, of course). I got to watch people racing around shooting foam darts at each other, playing and laughing like kids. It was perfect.
About half past midnight, I brought everyone together to watch Hilary open up presents and cards. After she had made it through all of them, I killed the music, stood up, and thanked everyone for coming, explaining that the party was her big present and that I was grateful to them all for making it possible. I then said there was one more present.
With that, I kneeled down and pulled out the box I'd been carrying around in my pocket for the entire party. I opened it with one hand like in the movies, revealing the distinctive diamond sparkle I'll be happily paying back over the next year. While she just looked on, stunned, I said "Ani ohev otach. Hatinasei li?" (Hebrew translation: "I love you. Will you marry me?" Tears started coursing down her cheeks and she threw her arms around me while the crowd applauded and jaws dropped and few people made such outbursts as "Oh my god!" and "No fucking way!" Still to stunned to respond except to extend her hand, Hilary let me slip the ring on her finger.
It was magical and perfect and everything I wanted my proposal to be. Thank you to all my friends who came out to celebrate the occasion with us (not knowing the full extent of what they would be celebrating), and thank you to everyone who would have been there if they had been available or closer. I've tried hard to personally notify all my friends that weren't present, but there are so many of you that I haven't been able to reach yet. I'm a lucky man to have such a great abundance of good friends, and I trust you will not take it amiss if you learn about my engagement here.
I am also the happiest I've ever been in my life, and I love Hilary with all my heart and soul.
Pictures will be forthcoming.