Nancy and Alan had already picked out an engagement ring, and Nancy did not think that there were any surprises left. But Alan wanted to do something unique for his formal proposal of marriage.
Nancy collects “water pens,” which are pens with floating scenes in the barrel. Alan decided to have a very special water pen custom made, showing a floating photo of Nancy’s engagement ring and another photo of a left hand inside the barrel of the pen. When the barrel of the pen is tilted, the ring floats towards the hand. When the pen is turned over, the barrel reads “Nancy, will you marry me?”
Alan picked up Nancy’s finished engagement ring from Roman Jewelers, but he did not tell Nancy that he had it. They went for a bike ride at her mother’s house, and as they sat resting on the porch afterwards, Nancy talked about her work at the “Make A Wish” Foundation. Alan said that she could fulfill yet another wish with this magic wand, and he handed her the pen. Then he formally proposed and put the engagement ring on her finger.
Nancy still cannot tell this story without holding back tears – she was so touched by the sentiment of Alan’s proposal.