February 24, 2013: Unofficial Dress-Up-Like-Your-Usually-Incorrect-Version-of-the-1920s-Flapper-Dapper Day. Somehow I always end up at Disneyland on these dress up days, like the time I went on Goth Day, but that’s another story.
At least on Goth Day everyone who dressed as a goth looked like a goth. On Dapper Day people were supposed to dress like they were from the 1920s, and some did fantastically I might add, but others mixed up the 1920s with the 1950s and 1960s and looked more at home on Sock-Hop Day than Dapper Day. I understand that it can be fun to do something crazy and unexpected at Disneyland, but isn’t sticking with the theme the entire point of a theme? A thing to ponder perchance.
But the Dappers weren’t the only ones acting out-of-character. This was my and Joseph’s first day off together in almost a month, mostly because we requested it off to watch the Oscars and decided to spend the first part of the day in Anaheim. For some reason he was tired all morning, asking if we could stop for a Dole Whip Float and recharge batteries within one ride. Uh okay, what happened to my ADHD boyfriend? Poor guy must have been exhausted from work. I obliged, but also knew we didn’t have a ton of time since we wanted to be home in time for the Academy Awards, so I dragged him off towards Tomorrowland.
Then he really wanted coffee (okay I really wanted coffee) and he really wanted to take pictures of the castle in daylight, despite my reminding him that it was only 10 am and daylight was far from finished with us. But he is really difficult to say no to on anything, so we went in front of the castle and asked a castmember to take a video of us waving for his web series. We waved; he kissed my cheek, reached into his jacket pocket, and before I knew it was on one knee proposing in front of the Disney castle.
I was laughing and crying and kissing him so much I forgot to say “yes”.
Neither of us can remember what he said, and the video the castmember took didn’t have high quality sound, so we may never know the exact words he proposed with but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that WE’RE ENGAGED!!!!! To the man of my dreams in front of the Disney Castle…didn’t think it could get much better than that, until I turned around and my parents were staring at us. They had been hiding, super secret agent style, in the area since I had had my coffee craving waiting for Joseph to get down on his knee and rush over. It was so special to get to share this moment with my parents. My fiancé (how awesome is it to get to say that now) is incredible.
A lot of the rest of the day is kind of a blur. I know that we went to first aid and got a bandaid to put on my finger so that my ring would stay on (it’s currently at the jeweler getting resized) and they gave us a no longer being made “Just Engaged” pin to wear. I remember taking a billion photos of my ring and with my fiancé and my parents. I recall an amazing dinner at Ariel’s Grotto taking more pictures with the princesses and basking in happiness.
And I remember the Academy Awards being awesome, even at 11 pm.
It’s ironic how the happiest day of my life was a big blur of metaphorical rainbows and sparkles, but it was full of love and Disney magic, and that I will always remember with the utmost clarity.
February 24, 2013: JENNA AND JOSEPH GET ENGAGED!!!