Airport Proposal

Two weeks ago, I was on my way home from Los Angeles to Minneapolis.

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Self-indulgent lonely airport picture
The flight was smooth, and I got more reading done than I have in the past month. As we began our descent into MSP, the flight attendant came on the loudspeaker (is that what it's called on a plane?) and announced that there was a man on the plane looking for eleven volunteers to help him to propose to his girlfriend, who was picking him up at the airport. If anyone was interested, they were to meet just outside the gate.

Was I interested? No brainer.

The plane landed, we disembarked, and eleven brave souls (including an adorable couple with a newborn baby) congregated around a man armed with twelve red roses and a nervous look on his face. He told us that his girlfriend was waiting for him down in baggage claim, and that it was her birthday. His plan was to have us stagger ourselves and walk up to her one by one, each of us handing her a rose. He would come last, with the twelfth rose, and get down on one knee and propose. Once she said yes (because of course she was going to say yes, I mean, come on, you can't say no to a proposal like this!), we would all sing happy birthday to her. He gave each of us a rose, and we took off down the looooong halls of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (keep in mind that this was right around midnight on Thursday night; luckily, those moving sidewalks were still on, so we didn't have to walk the whole time).

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We got to the escalator that would lead us to baggage claim, regrouped, and then set out on our mission.

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There was a brief hiccup when the leader of the pack wasn't exactly sure which girl to walk up to (all he had to go off of was a picture on an iPad, and her boyfriend obviously had to stay behind and be last in line), but we got it figured out. For your viewing pleasure, The Proposal (I ask you to please, please, please ignore my singing at the end):

It was so super cute, and such a fitting way to start my friends' wedding weekend. It was also a great reminder of the incredible wonderfulness of strangers, and how important it is to spread the love and give even just a few minutes of your time to help others out. Life is good, yes? Yes.

Congratulations, Alex and Jill!