A few days before New Years Eve, Lijo frantically tells me that he has thousands of unused points left on his credit card and needs to use them all up before the new year or it’ll expire. He further explains that he found an event at the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) Sky Deck called, “Pie in the Sky." Appetisers, champagne, and dinner will also be served. I, without hesitation said, "Yeah, of course, if it’s free I'm there." Minutes later, he forwards me an email confirmation of the event that has all the details. (This was a fake email he created to throw me off. He is so sneaky!)
On December 30th 2017 (the night of the proposal), my family and I go to dinner beforehand. I thought it was weird that we were eating right before the event but I figured everyone was starving so I didn’t think much of it. (In hindsight, there were about a million clues that should have alerted me to the fact Lijo was going to propose but my judgement was clouded due to his hectic work schedule). We head over to the Willis Tower after dinner. My brother-in-law asks one of the gentleman at the counter how to get to the, "Pie in the Sky," event. Over his walkie-talkie, the gentleman says, “Thelma is here for HER EVENT.” (I thought it was really strange that the man at the counter said we were here for MY event, but yet again, I didn’t think much of it). I text Lijo to see what he's up to as we ride up to the 103rd floor. He said he had a rough day at work and is about to crash into bed. I text him an "I love you and" a "goodnight" before I put my phone away.
When we reach the 103rd floor, the area is really dark, like super dark, and there’s garbage everywhere. I thought to myself, “What kind of party is this? Where are all the people and why haven’t they started cleaning up?” I hear the man with the walkie-talkie say, “We’re about to turn the corner. Heading your way.” I look back and see my family lagging behind me. I tell them to pick up their pace, but they just start walking even slower. (AGAIN, I thought all of this was so weird but I kept ignoring my paranoia).
We finally turn the corner and as I’m walking I see trash on all the ledges except for one. One of the ledges is beautiful. It's brightly lit, has bright red rose petals, and tea light candles on the floor. I also see the back of a man with a tan coat on. I thought, “Noooo, there’s no way that’s Lijo. He’s home about to sleep.” I turn back to look at my family and they’re nowhere to be seen. I look at the man with the walkie-talkie and he has a huge grin on his face. We get even closer to the ledge and the man with the tan coat finally turns around to reveal himself. It’s LIJO. I immediately start crying. I give him a hug and the first thing I say to him is, “You’re supposed to be at home sleeping.” We both start laughing and he begins to say the most beautiful things to me. He gets down on one knee and asks, “Will you do me the honor of being my wife?”
December 30, 2017 was a dream come true. It has been one of the greatest moments of our lives and we cannot wait to start our life as a married couple.