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May 5, 2013

The Serendipitous Proposal

In the spring of 2010, I was visiting San Francisco for the first time. I only had three days in the city and I made the most out of every single second I was there. I have a lot of tremendous memories of that trip, but this particular moment was ranked highest among them.  I was walking through a little park on Baker Street,  on my way to the Palace of Fine Arts.  I was in a bit of a hurry, but I couldn't help but notice a couple sitting in the grass, each painting on canvases.
As I walked passed, I watched her swirl and dapple paint with purpose. She was painting a landscape and looked as though she knew what she was doing. Ever curious, I couldn't help but peek to see what he was painting and walked around them in a wide circle.  He was not painting a landscape, no he was painting words. I could see the words "Will" and "you" and the beginning of another word that started with the letter "M".  I stopped in my tracks. Could he be...proposing? I looked around to see if any of the other people around me were paying attention to them and I was the only one. I watched  waited as more letters started to appear and and the letters "arr" soon followed that capital letter "M". He was going to propose and my heart started to pound in my chest.  I grabbed my camera and began snapping photos furiously...