Brooklyn. May 1991. Clinton-Washington G train station.
In 1991 I was the nerdiest thing you’d ever seen. Scrawny legs, coke bottle glasses, a football playing tomboy….just a mess. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t fly though and to top it off, I had the hottest boy in the game scribbling my name in his notebooks. Yup, my boyfriend from the womb was, and still is, a remarkable specimen named Christopher. Everybody knew this was my man, the bodega owner, train conductors, teachers, everybody. We did everything together and there was no way you found one without the other. He always did romantic things for me, even before we both knew what romance was. He would buy me cards that said “Just a note to tell you I love you because it’s Tuesday” and he always held my hand and made sure to have my favorite candies on deck for standardized test days. He was the best thing next to sliced bread in my world.
Anyway, it was a few days after my birthday. Chris bought me a teddy bear and a cute bracelet that his mom helped him pick out. I was in total bliss and better yet, my friends were jealous and I loved it. I was on the G train with a few of my friends headed to one of their homes after school. Chris wasn’t with me like he normally was, but I didn’t think anything of it. My friends and I were heading out of the train station at Clinton-Washington, laughing and giggling like girls do, when all of a sudden we spotted Chris, my cousin Mikey, best friend Nate and friend Quincy near the top of the stairs, dressed in suits. We all stopped and looked at each other confused, the other guys looked nervous, but not my Chris, he knew what was coming and he couldn’t wait to show me.
Next thing you know, the intro to Troop’s “All I Do Is Think of You” begins to play and the boys produce mics from inside their suit jackets. My eyes started to water before he even sang one note, this was my favorite song and I couldn’t believe he was about to do what I thought he was about to do. Christopher sang the first line “I can’t wait to get to school each day…” and my heart melted. I buried my head in my hands and cried my first tears of joy. When he got to the line “Hey little girl…I love you” and handed me a Calla Lily at the end of the first verse I completely fell apart. I was a ball of tears but I had no real understanding of why, I was just so overcome with emotion that I couldn’t explain.
At the start of the second verse, I was a bit calmer and we walked hand in hand with him spinning me around and me laughing like…well the school girl I was. Then it happened. The moment I will never forget. The first and probably last time I ever felt like this. When Christopher got to the line “So won’t you please, please be mine” he dropped to one knee and held up a red Ring Pop. While the rest of the guys kept singing, Chris told me that I was the most beautiful girl in the world, that he loves me and one day he’s going to make me his wife. Then he slipped that Ring Pop on my finger and finished singing the song.
I was an emotional mess. I mean on the floor crying at this point. On my knees in my uniform staring at him and this still in the plastic Ring Pop with indescribable love. All I could do was hug him and smother him with kisses….on the cheek of course. Apparently his mother and Nate’s mom were also a blubbering mess, because after it was over they ran over video camera in hand (they still break the tape out from time to time to show company…embarrassing!!!) and tears streaming to hug and kiss us all and tell us how cute we were. Sigh…parents.
Till this day that was hands down the most romantic thing a man ever did for me. No man has ever expressed his love in such a creative, selfless and heartfelt way. He didn’t care what his friends thought, what strangers thought or that his mom was watching. All he cared about was the smile on my face and that he got the opportunity to tell me exactly how he felt. It was the sweetest thing. Actually, it was better than sweet, it was love….pure and personified.
What’s the sweetest, most romantic thing someone has ever done for you? What’s the sweetest thing you’ve done for your special someone?