April 3, 2013

Writer Wrangler: Tracy March

A Proposal with a Ring to It
by Tracy March

Fairy tale proposals are the stuff that dreams are made of. A romantic setting, your prince charming down on one knee, a declaration of happily-ever-after love, and the biggest question of your life! *swoon* Then there’s the ring. That shiny, sparkly symbol that says, “I’m smitten.”

I was lucky to have a fairy-tale proposal, and it got really interesting when it came time for the ring. This may need a little back story. My then boyfriend who became my fiancĂ© and ultimately my husband is a quirky-thinking engineer/MBA who always fascinates me with the way he sees the world, and the way he approaches things. He’s incredibly traditional and deliberate, yet unpredictable and funny.

Now back to the proposal—my heart was bursting with happiness after I’d said “yes” to the big question. Then, he pulled out a black-velvet ring box. Mind you, we hadn’t shopped for rings. We’d never even talked about rings, even after dating four years. “There are two things I need to tell you about this ring,” he said before opening the box. Uh oh. I couldn’t imagine what he was getting ready to say. But I loved him and we were going to get married and I’d said yes…so it didn’t really matter that he needed to tell me two things about the ring before he opened the box. Hmm…

I stood there silently, blinking, my pulse swishing in my ears. “First,” he said, “It’s small.” Um, for real—enough that it’s remarkable? We can argue about size mattering, but he had a good job, he was a saver, and I imagined he would’ve invested a bit in something as significant as an engagement ring. But his proposal had been so swoony. Deep breath. Okay…so he had his priorities. As long as love was his first one, it didn’t matter that diamonds weren’t high-ranking. I’d be proud just to be engaged to him, regardless of what was hiding in that black-velvet box.

“And it’s a holder ring,” he said. I lowered my eyebrows, my lips turned up at the corners, waiting for more. “To hold the space until we can pick out the perfect ring together.” My heart did a back flip. This guy was going to me my husband! This guy who hadn’t wanted to ruin the surprise of his proposal by getting the “right” ring, but who was willing to buy two rings to make it extra special. How could I be so lucky?

He opened the box to reveal a pretty, round solitaire that wasn’t remarkably small, and that matched the size of a diamond my parents had given me when I graduated from high school. So when we went shopping for the perfect ring, we ended up buying a larger stone and having it set it in the center of the two smaller diamonds to make a three-stone ring with a lot of sentimental value. Now—fifteen years later—we’re still enjoying our happily-ever-after! J

How about you? Did anything unexpected happen during your proposal? And for those still looking forward to the dreamy moment, what do you hope happens with the ring? Will you and your guy shop together for it beforehand, or would you liked to be surprised by what he chooses?

Thanks so much for having me at Talk Supe today! It’s been fun hanging out with all of you! J

Thanks for sharing this very special, intimate and poignant memory with us today, Tracy!

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Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her career in the pharmaceutical field, and her interest in science and politics. She also writes lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.

Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.

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  1. Awwww that is just too perfect Tracy! Your husband got it right and then some.

    Mine would require a pretty long back story but suffice it to say there was no ring, he didn't even pause his video game, and my answer was equally unenthused: 'I dunno'. lol

    I mean seriously? He expected to just randomly ask: 'Hey. You wanna get married?' and get a more happy response. Whenever we tell the story people laugh and it's funny in it's way but deep down even I'm sappy enough to wish it had been something he put effort into.

    13 years later we're still very married and I'm glad I saw past the awful attempt at a proposal enough to decide to marry him anyway. ;)

  2. Great post, Tracy and so romantic! :-) My boyfriend and I were broken up at the time, so when he called me out of the blue to talk, I almost said no. I didn't want another emotional marathon talk-session. Imagine my surprise when he got down on one knee and proposed! There was no hesitation on my part at all. I said yes. He didn't have a ring because we'd never gone ring shopping. The next day we went looking and he had me pick out three I liked. A few days later we were in my apartment and I was multi-tasking; putting clothes away while watching 90210. I turned around and found him on his knee, the ring box in his hand! That was 15 years ago. :-)

  3. That's gorgeous, Tracy. Lovely, lovely, post. Your ring sounds perfect.

  4. Love the cover have put this boo on my TBR and Heck Yea I like Baseball I'm born and raised in Texas so My Favorite Baseball Team is Texas Rangers!!!! Go Rangers!!!

    Thank you for the chance to enter and win!!!

  5. That is a truly romantic man! And SO SMART! LOL What a great post with warm fuzzies to start my day with.

  6. Thanks for stopping by everyone! And thanks to Talk Supe for being an awesome part of The Practice Proposal blog tour! Happy reading! :)

    1. Thanks for letting us be part of your tour! Love your personal Proposal story, super sweet!


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