In June 2015 I flew home into the Charlotte Douglas Airport tired and grumpy after a long work week in Chicago. The wonderful airline I flew with decided that my bag wanted to fly on a different plane to Charlotte so after a stressful trip I had to wait for an hour for my bag to leisurely make its way to baggage claim. As I exited my stale plane into the busy airport, I instinctively headed towards the nearest place to sit down and review my misfortune. I surely wasn’t in the mood to make conversation with others but I took the seat next a guy who made sure to leave a lasting impression.
David and I briefly spoke about him being a Marine and how he was on a layover to Florida. Nothing deep or profound. He was nice. I was tired. I stood up to go retrieve my bag from baggage claim and told him it was nice to meet him and I walked away.
When I got home I saw that I had a Facebook message from a guy named David. He found me (in a non creepy way) on social media despite me walking away without giving him my information. Obviously, I sent him a reply with my phone number after all of his effort to find me. From that day, we started to build our friendship, which turned into a relationship and developed into love. When he had layovers in Charlotte we would meet under the Concourse E sign and talk about everything and nothing while sharing our love of people watching.
Over the next couple of weeks we talked all of the time but every week I saw him I would get instant butterflies. He is so handsome and his smile is contagious! He is shy and sweet and I loved every second with him at Concourse E. On June 28th, 2015 David barely had a layover in Charlotte because his flight from Florida was delayed. I told him we had time to see each other even though he was nervous that he would miss his connecting fight back to New Bern. I sped to the airport and ran through the concourses to concourse E and as soon as I fell into his strong arms I kissed him for the first time. I didn’t know it was going to happen and frankly I didn’t want him to think I was too forward but just felt right and it was magical! I saw fireworks and during that kiss it seemed like the whole airport froze. As we walked away, a TSA guy said, “way to go!” to David and I couldn’t stop smiling. It’s crazy to tell our story because it’s completely obscene to think our relationship started in the Charlotte airport due to lost bags and lay overs. How random, right?
For our first month anniversary (yes David has celebrated our anniversary monthly and has continually been a romantic boyfriend), David gave me a three paneled photo frame. The left side held a map of Charlotte with a heart pointing to Concourse E, our airport meeting spot and in the middle panel was a quote:
“In an airport that 121,313 people pass through daily, we saw each other and our love began.”
The right panel was blank. David said, “one day we are going to fill this spot with a picture of us in concourse E.”
Fast forward to Friday, May 20th, 2016. David asked me to meet him at the airport for old times sake and to finally take our picture to fill the frame. I wore regular clothes and wore my minimal make up… I simply thought we were taking a picture.
The weather was crappy… Seemed like it had rained for a month straight. My hair was frizzy and the airport was packed with travelers. As I walked to Concourse E, I got goosebumps. It felt like last year when we would meet for layovers. I sat down and waited for David and when I saw him it was like we hadn’t seen each other in forever! I jumped up and gave him the biggest hug! My butterflies came back, just like they do every time I see him after a week apart. We (better yet, I) talked about my crazy bad week and then we took our pictures under the concourse E sign.
Afterwards we made our way to our spot to people watch like we always do and I realized that David’s hands were pale white and super clammy. I asked him if he was cold and he said no he was fine. David began to serenade me with kind words. He said, ” babe, you inspire me so much. You have overcome more than any other person I know and I am so proud of you! You make me a better person. I love you so much!” He said more but frankly, I can’t remember it all but it was super sweet. I told him I loved him too! And then he went on rambling… “I can’t imagine my life without you. I love you so much… I just love you…” At that point I realized he was super nervous and I said… “Ok… I love you too babe…” Everything else happened so fast… Before I knew it his right hand was in his pocket and he was down on one knee. He said, ” I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?”
I think my mouth dropped to the floor and I immediately started Kim K ugly crying. I said, “is this real?…” in between sobs and he looked up at me on his knee still and he said, “is that a yes?” I said, “yes!!!!” And he stood up and we hugged and I gave him another first kiss… This time our first kiss as fiancés!
I was and AM so happy that David choose me and if you know anything about me, you know it’s near impossible to surprise me but David completely caught me off guard. He did so good! Everything about the proposal was perfect (minus the weather). The place, the timing, the ring but especially the man! Who would have thought I would meet my future husband because the airline misplaced my bag. Thank goodness an idiot put my bag on the wrong flight. Had they not, I wouldn’t be telling you my favorite love story… The story of David and I!