May 02, 2009
I had left the hospital after 6 years to start a new job as a clinical specialist for sales. The job requires frequent traveling and on my first day they flew me out to Tennesse straight from the office. What I didn't know was that Chris had gone to speak to my parents when I had left for work. My mom said he was all choked up and couldn't even get the words out. He just showed them the ring. (I love that he asked them and that he got choked up).
He had a pretty well thought out plan about hanging up signs along my pathway home from work with him holding the last one in front of my house. (He knows the route I always take). It actually worked out better that I started this new job and that I was traveling. I was taking the last flight home the next day. He made these huge signs with help from his friend Daniela, and he called the airport to see if they would let him through the gate.They told him to come early and try to ask the TSA. He brought a hammer and nails and put reflectors on the signs in case he had to do Plan B and post them on the street.
They let him throught the gate (that's a whole other story) with a special pass! I called him during my layover in Atlanta, and he told me he would park and come in. I told him, "Why are you doing that?? Just circle around like everyone else so that it's less trouble". I fell for his excuse that he just missed me. I joked with him "Well you should hold up a sign with my name on it like my driver did in Tennessee" (little did I know!!)
I was pretty sleepy when we arrived at midnight in Newark. I was walking from the plane down the gateway when I see this sign that says "GERI, WILL". I smiled seeing my name and remembering what I had said to him. BUT I had no idea who "WILL" was so I just kept walking. Then I see a sign "YOU" and look up ahead and there's Chris kneeling with flowers in one hand and the last sign "Marry me, Babe?" in the other. I see people stopping to look and someone says "OMG they're getting engaged". I start looking around and all of a sudden in my head I realize...OMG I'M GETTING ENGAGED!!!! I never thought he could surprise me. I always thought I'd know when it was coming, but he got me. I happily accepted and was in shock for the next few days.
Here's how the "Hottest Filipino Salsa Couple Ever" came to be.
After years of a few serious relationships and single fun, I finally met my first and last filipino guy at a Salsa class. I'm an occupational therapist, and one of my good doctor friends from the hospital invited me to my first class. I took different classes around NJ/NY, and eight months later Chris showed up in one of my Jersey classes (He worked in Manhattan and had taken all his classes there originally) We had a pretty good connection from the start. I actually thought he was Japanese until one day he had an Eskrima shirt on (That's filipino stick fighting martial arts). I also noticed that he wrapped his knee every class and that it usually came undone. Finally, I showed him the "proper" way to wrap his knee being that I'm a therapist and all. I guess I had a "Florence Nightingale" affect on him. Even though it took him a month to ask me out...and he thought my name was Cherry (really...do I look like a Cherry??), here we are 4 1/2 years later. I've been dancing as part of a professional salsa group (Check me out in Pzazz Dancers from NJ) since then. he performed with another group then mine for a while, but now he just enjoys going out to dance socially. We've actually helped teach and choreograph salsa wedding dances for two of my friends. He's my favorite dance partner and now my favorite partner for the rest of my life.....