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A Celebration of Fireworks

This past weekend, I was given the gift of participating in my son's engagement here on the roof of the Compendium offices. I've worked here at Compendium for over 16 years. When I first started, my oldest son was only 8 years old; he's now 24. Early on, Kobi, our president, would come over and give me direction in my home office. When I turned back to work, he would play with my three children until they were sent off to bed. That's just to say that we're all kinda family here. So not only was it a treasure for me to be a part of this engagement, but it has touched several others here as well.

While the engagement has been in the making for quite some time, the decision to "pop the question" on the 4th of July was a surprise, especially for his fiancee. Over the past few years, several Compendium employees and their families have used our rooftop vantage point to watch the Lake Union fireworks display. This year, my son told his fiancee that she and some co-workers of mine were invited to watch the fireworks together. My entire family came early to the office and transformed the rooftop deck into a romantic bistro for two. We set out flowers, champagne, lights, tiki torches, her favorite "chocolate fondue," and Compendium's own Love window cards. As expected for Seattle, it rained and rained right up until an hour or so before they arrived, adding just enough anxiety to our already stressed excitement. Off to the side and out of sight was a camera capturing the entire event to remember forever. When everything was perfect, we all hid and waited.

When my son entered the deck from the stairwell, the surprise was over. In an instant, she knew. She turned around to see her "knight" on one knee. Her reaction to this posture was completely and overwhelmingly filled with joy. I had forgotten how exciting true love is at its inception. They hugged and cried and soaked up the moment for as long as they could. It was truly inspiring. He called us out of hiding along with some special friends and we watched the fireworks together, both theirs and those in the sky.

Love is amazing.

Tags: love · wedding · relationships · window cards


6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michael F 07.09.2010 | 3:07 PM

    What a truly great family event. That's an engagement story to treasure--for both the couple and the parents.
  • 2 Gillian 07.09.2010 | 3:26 PM

    What a completely beautiful start to their life together. Congratulations to your whole family!
  • 3 Lisa 07.09.2010 | 3:29 PM

    Congratulations!!! A most touching and romantic way to start your lives together!
  • 4 Linda 07.09.2010 | 4:21 PM

    I melted as I read the story. So very sweet!
  • 5 Layla 07.22.2010 | 8:43 AM

    This POST was amazing!

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!

    Layla Palmer
  • 6 Missy 07.22.2010 | 11:29 AM

    What a fantastic memory!

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