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Years ago, I took my girlfriend to have dinner at a swanky hotel restaurant for Valentine's Day. We were seated near the romantic warmth and crackling of a fireplace. While eating dinner, the waiter switched out the vase of roses at the table with another, saying: "Since these are so close to the fire, we have to rotate them out or they will dry up."
My girlfriend thought nothing of it since we were at a nice place, but I was impressed…not by the care and attention being given to the roses, but because I thought that was a very clever line the waiter made up.
Little did she know that when I had excused myself to go wash my hands, I had also made a detour to the concierge desk. I explained to the concierge that I had a rose-shaped ring holder with an engagement ring inside and that I was hoping she could arrange to have it placed on the table during dinner.
After dinner, I asked her if the roses looked unusual to her. She noticed that one did not appear to be real. I reached into the arrangement, pulled that one out and opened it up. Since this was a formal proposal, the situation called for me to get on one knee and ask her if she'd marry me while presenting this token of my affection. I noticed that her eyes had opened wide and her smile even wider, signifying to me that I had chosen well. She nodded and said yes. We removed the ring from the rose and placed it on her finger.
I suddenly became aware that the entire restaurant had been watching when it seems everyone in the place started applauding. I was totally embarrassed at this public seal of approval, turning to wave at everyone while blushing a deep red I am sure. Shortly thereafter, the head chef came out and congratulated us on our engagement.
Truly a magical evening….