I have to admit, I have an addiction. It may not be to drugs, alcohol, or smoking but it is just as fierce – it’s to McDonalds. Since I was a little girl, my ideal meal was a Big Mac combo and I haven’t faltered since. The zesty Mac sauce and the salty fries make my mouth water just thinking about it. Even when I lived three hours away from the nearest McDonalds, I would make the trek at least once a month to get my fix. Darren was fully aware of my faults when we met and he still accepted me with open arms. It was a surprise that I’d yet to win any major prize on the McDonalds Monopoly and I had proposed that it was rigged, but when I finally won, I won big!
Darren was late coming home from work one evening and I was starving. I’d promised to wait for him for dinner but a quick cheese burger from McDonalds would leave him none the wiser. I had my jacket on and my purse slung over my shoulder when the phone rang. He was offering to bring me home a Big Mac meal as a peace offering for being an hour late. I immediately forgot about my cheese burger and waited for the bigger prize.
When he walked in the door, he put our meals on the table and went into the kitchen. Normally, I would wait for him to join me but I opened the bags and started to place the food in our spots. His slow return left me digging into my long awaited burger. With a mouth full of food, I pealed the Monopoly stickers off of the soda.
In awe, I turned to find Darren on one knee next to my chair.
“You have changed my life and given me more than I ever dreamed possible. I promise to always give the same back to you for as long as I live. You are the most beautiful, loving, adventurous person I know. Will you marry me?”
Normally, well – before the pregnancy, I wasn’t much for crying but I had no control over the tears that filled my eyes.
“Yes! Yes! A thousand times YES!”
As he slid the “AMORE” ring over my finger, I was completely overcome with joy. I didn’t need a million dollars from McDonalds or a new car; I already had the dream life with my soon-to-be dream husband.
I don’t know how he got the personalized words on the stickers, but I knew that I had found someone who had accepted me and all of my faults. I had found someone who I could be myself around and someone who I wanted to make happy for life.
It couldn’t have been a more thoughtful proposal that fit me perfectly. I’m not a flowers or chocolates kind of girl, but put a Big Mac before me and my heart melts. Add an engagement ring from my best friend and I had definitely won at McDonalds.
“True love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT — mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe.” –The Princess Bride
Our 3 year anniversary is approaching in January and I’m still as much in love with Darren and the day he proposed, only now our love has extended to include our beautiful little girl, Athena.
Life is worth living and we are making every day the best day of our lives.