Christine and Simon
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Christine & Simon[dropcap color=”rosy”]W[/dropcap]hen Simon and I met in 2010, more than a few of my friends thought he was interested in me. I wasn’t convinced or sold on the guy- so I kept quiet. Hanging out with him seemed natural, easy and entirely platonic.
My digsmates frequently came home from UCT to find us drinking tea on the porch, listening to BBC radio shows or, most memorably, building a pirate ship out of Lego (see the blog here). By November I could not longer smile demurely when asked what was going on. He’d made his feelings very clear. on numerous occasions. We only started dating 4 months later, but as a result we’re great friends, and out relationship is built on that as a firm foundation.
In June of this year, when Si asked me to take leave on my 24th birthday (in November) I questioned it, but didn’t think too much of it. He mentioned going to Vergelegen for a picnic and I thought nothing of it- it was my birthday after all.
But when i woke on the 7th of November, there was a treasure hunt, designed to send me to every significant venue we’d visited in Cape Town. From our church, to the park where we resolved some of our biggest arguments, to my old digs, where we first met. At the end, Si was waiting with flowers and big smiles- and Happy Birthdays. We headed to Vergelegen taking millions of pictures- Me blissfully unaware that this day was anything other than a birthday treat. We collected a picnic basket and headed into the forest for a picnic. As we settled, Si asked if I was ready for a birthday quest- he brought out that Lego ship, and asked me to spot the difference. Hidden in the cabin of the ship, was the most perfect engagement ring.
Yes. He got down on one knee.
Yes. He asked my dad first
Yes. He did try to put the ring onto my right hand, instead of my left.
We’re planning the wedding for April of next year