Matrimony in Massachusetts

This week’s story is an engaging tale sent in from a librarian in Massachusetts. What could be more romantic to a librarian than a proposal made in the middle of a beloved library, surrounded by books and enthusiastic coworkers? Thank you to Marcie and Kevin for sharing your wonderful engagement story, and best wishes to a lifetime together! 

“Marcie and Kevin: Matrimony in Massachusetts”

I’m a reference librarian in a public library in Massachusetts. I started dating my boyfriend in early 2008, and we quickly realized we wanted to get married. We decided on a wedding date of August 8, 2009. As the day of August 8, 2008, arrived, I was a little excited to see if he would officially propose. We’re both sentimental and getting engaged a year to the day of our planned wedding would be special for both of us.

Aug. 8, 2008, was a Friday, and it was muggy and sticky. Kevin had emailed me to say he’d taken the day off because he wasn’t feeling well, so I knew he was home. All day I wondered if he’d surprise me at work, but as the day wore on I told myself not to be disappointed if he didn’t come. He would propose when he wanted and whenever it was, it would be special.

About half an hour before the library closed, I sensed someone approach my desk. I looked up to see Kevin, wearing the jersey of one of my favorite baseball teams and carrying two dozen red roses. I wasn’t really nervous since I was half-expecting him, but it still felt a bit unreal. He’d picked out a ring, which he took from his pocket, and asked if I’d marry him. I said yes (of course!), and we ran to show my coworkers my new jewelry. One of them had her camera so she took pictures of us in the reference section.

I had dinner plans, so Kevin went back to his house and I had to wait a few hours before I could call my friends and family. (He and I never did have an engagement celebration.) We spent a happy year together and then got married on the beach in New Hampshire in 2009.

Marcie and Kevin

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