Pawprints is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing proposal stories of MND’s faculty and staff. To make things more interesting, Pawprints will not reveal whose story belongs to whom until February 14th. Whose story is this? Stay tuned to Pawprints to find out!
By: Cara Wagner ’19
This beloved teacher’s proposal story is not only humorous but sounds like it is straight out of a romance film! A call from mom, a scavenger hunt, and some misadventures later, she was married on July 18, 1992 at St. Martin of Tours Church in Cincinnati. She loves her husband, Andrew, and they have been married for 25 years.
This couple met in college, when they were both chemistry majors. One day, he approached her to say hello. After that, the rest is history. They went on dates through college, and their relationship continued to grow. Now, they are both teachers. She teaches at MND and he teaches at St. X!
Their proposal story begins on July 21, 1989, while she was helping her father at work. They suddenly received an extremely urgent phone call from her mother telling them to come home immediately! Fearing an emergency, she and her father hopped in the car and sped home. However, instead of a terrible situation awaiting them, they found her mother in the kitchen holding a note. Upon reading it, she realized it was a clue! It let her to a nearby candy store that she visited many times. She then traveled to the candy store. Upon entering, she recalls that the workers were very giggly and excited, and she knew that something must be happening. They handed her a clue that took her to the flower store where her sister worked. She left with a dozen long-stemmed roses and rushed home, throwing the roses at her mother before changing her shoes and hurrying to the park. At the edge of the park, she caught a glimpse of her now-husband standing in the middle of a soybean field. She stood and watched in awe as bluebirds flew around his head and he beamed towards her.
She laughs, recalling the moment and the comedy of the whole situation. “he looked like something out of a Disney movie,” she remarks, “bluebirds and all.”
After trekking into the field, he got down on one knee and held the ring she still prizes today. She said yes through tears of joy. Suddenly, the farmer who owned the field drove past on his tractor and asked the newly engaged couple if they wanted to view the nearby bog. Amused, they declined, before strolling out of the field hand in hand.
“I think the part that means the most to me is that he took a lot of time to plan something really special that included people and places that are important to me,” she remarks. “He worked with my parents and friends to make it an unforgettable experience.”
Whether it was dancing to their first dance song, “All I Ask of You,” shopping for her extremely cheap wedding dress, or the lawn ornament sheep her husband gave her parents before their wedding, she will never forget this time in her life. This love story sounds like it came straight out of the movies, and it really was a dream come true for this wonderful teacher!