Nadine and Pierre
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Nadine & Pierre[dropcap color=”rosy”]A[/dropcap]fter I had completed my Masters degree I took some time off and was travelling abroad for 5 months on my own. At the time my (now) fiancé, Pierre, and I had been dating for almost 6 years and I was confident that our relationship was strong enough to handle a few months separation and so was he. I should mention that in the six years we were dating it had been obvious to both of us from very early on that we would get married one day. It was me who always put it off and telling him not to propose because I was not ready yet (I felt I needed to finish my degree first and start working full time etc).
The plan was that I would travel for a couple of months and that he would meet me in Thailand to go scuba diving over new years. So off I went on my trip and all went well and you can imagine my excitement when we re-united in Bangkok after not seeing each other for 4 months. After spending a couple of days in Bangkok we flew to Phuket where we had planned to go diving. On the second day in Phuket we decided to do an “island hopping & snorkeling” day trip. So in the morning we climbed aboard a tourist-infested boat and headed towards Maya beach (the beach from the movie The Beach). In the bay of Maya beach was the first stop to go snorkeling. Keen to see the fishies we were the first to jump in the water and swam away from the crowds of people splashing about around the boat. We must’ve been about 30 m away from the boat minding our own business when an angry little Thai man came paddling towards us in his canoe and told us to not go so far from the boat. So, the goodie-two-shoes I am I called out to my boyfriend who had swam further away to return to the boat. He said that I should swim further out to him to see what he had found. Worried about the angry man in the canoe I told him that we should rather return to the boat before he comes back and shouts at us again. But my insisted I come and see what he found under water. At this point I was thinking what’s the point of swimming all the way over to him, by the time I get there, the random fish or crab he found will be gone anyway, and the man in the canoe may get more irritated. So I insisted we should rather return to the boat. Then Pierre got a little agitated and told me to just swim to him now. I still had no idea what was coming. So while getting a little annoyed that he’s now so agitated (we were on holiday after all) I swam over to him. At a shallow point where he was waiting he pointed under water and said “look what I found”. I had a look and saw a little treasure chest on a rock formation under water. Totally oblivious to what was about to happen I snapped a picture of it and swam away again thinking it was some sillly toy someone had lost in the ocean and wondering why I had to swim over to Pierre just to see that. Then he pulled me back and said I should have another look. By that time from lifting my head in and out of the water, my snorkeling mask had fogged up and I could not see anything. He took the little treasure chest and told me to take off my mask and opened the treasure chest which had the ring in it. At this point, I then finally understood what was going on. He asked me to marry him right there and then floating around in the middle of the ocean. Now that was unexpected. After 20 minutes of saying nothing and just starring at him and the ring and dealing with the millions of thoughts in my head, he said I still haven’t given him an answer. I then obviously said YES. Then we swam back to the boat hand in hand and climbed back on the boat and secretly shared our big moment together.
We now joke that I did not have a choice other than to say yes because otherwise he would have left me there to drown. It all came at such a surprise, but what a nice surprise it was, once I finally got the drift of what was going on. He had carried the ring on him for days and that whole morning on the boat worrying that he would lose it. He had especially bought a new pair of boardshorts with a pocket large enough to hold the treasure chest so I would not notice. Just the fact that he made the decision to ask me to become his wife without me nagging him or pressuring him but because he wanted to and organizing the ring without me and planning a unique way of proposing just makes it all that much more amazing and special. Also, he is a serious work-aholic so the fact that he took the time to plan all of this made the surprise even bigger.
Luckily because we were out and about I had my camera with me, so I have pictures of the whole thing happening (which is a good thing because I cannot remember half the things that happened between him showing me the treasure chest and me saying yes).