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He put a ring on it

Published February 14. 2014 05:00PM

Steve and Jen Drake, Coaldale

You can't tell an engagement story without talking about the ring, which is where our story begins.

I was given an heirloom engagement ring. Only after I received the ring did I find out the whole story. My great-grandmother worked for Boscov's as a jewelry buyer. She was on a purchasing trip for the store and noticed a diamond on the floor of the train. So she picked it up. When my great grandfather wanted to marry my great-grandmother, he had no money for a ring. They decided to set the stone she found as her engagement ring.

When my grandfather wanted to marry my grandmother, my great-grandmother gave my grandfather the ring to give to my grandmother. My grandmother wore the ring until she was placed in a home for Alzheimer's.

My grandfather wanted to ask my grandmother if I could have it, to propose to Jennifer. She said yes. One week after I received the ring my grandmother passed. I believe that she wanted me to have it and hung on to make sure I got it. The ring has been in my family for over 100 years, and there is over 100 years of love behind it.

The proposal itself happened on a Saturday in July at Knoebels Grove. Knoebels was one of our favorite places growing up (even though we didn't know each then). We had some pizza and ice cream, and then took a ride on the Skyway, where I planned for it to happen. I was shaking with anticipation. Just as our chair turned and started to go back down, (the quietest part of the park) I opened the box and asked her to marry me. She said yes, but we were both shaking. We were a hundred feet in the air and didn't want to risk dropping it, so the ring stayed in the box.

As we were coming down to get off the ride, the song "Single Ladies (put a ring on it)" by Beyoncé could be heard. I liked it and put a ring on it.

As we got off the ride, I dropped to one knee and placed the ring on her finger. We received a round of applause from onlookers, and Dick Knoebel himself showed up to congratulate us.

We vowed to go back to Knoebels on that date every year and ride our ride.

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