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After we requested our readers to inform us what they were grateful for in six phrases, we had been anticipating to see sure themes.
Well being, religion, love, household, marriage. Test.
Pets, grandparents, drugs, science, sunshine. Test.
Some folks had been grateful for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Others for President Trump. Some had been grateful for Thanksgiving meals; others had been grateful for supply folks.
This Thanksgiving, we — employees members of The Morning, The New York Occasions’s day by day e-newsletter — invited our readers to do a model of the train. We needed to share the fun and gratitude that managed to poke by a 12 months dominated by struggling.
And also you, our readers, delivered.
Collectively, our group sifted by greater than 10,000 submissions — many humorous, some unhappy, all heartfelt. Then, we discovered one of the consequential and life-changing questions anybody can ask.
There it was, neatly packed into six phrases: “Will you marry me, Taylor Hollenkamp?”
After a flurry of pleasure, we reached out to test if it was actual — and if Lauren Few, who submitted the proposal, really needed to get engaged in The New York Occasions. Completely, she stated.
Ms. Few, 35, had recognized inside weeks of beginning their relationship that she had discovered her particular person.
“After we had been first getting severe, Lauren stated: ‘I’d marry you now, however for everybody else’s sake, we should always wait at the least a 12 months earlier than we get engaged,’” Ms. Hollenkamp, 35, stated. “We made it 11 months.”
When Ms. Few noticed the six-word problem, she stated, she nearly felt it was an indication. Her father, Harry Few, who died in 2014, beloved Hemingway. Ms. Few stated this felt like the right method to honor his
As we waited to be taught the end result of the proposal, subscribers drummed their collective fingers on Twitter.
“WAIT will somebody inform me if the proposal in @nytimes briefing was accepted?! Taylor Hollenkamp, what did you say?!” one person wrote. “Who’s #TaylorHollenkamp?” another demanded. “Did you say sure? We have to know!!!”
Nicely earlier than Thanksgiving, Ms. Few had spoken to Ms. Hollenkamp’s members of the family, who gave their blessing. She had cleared the ring with two of Ms. Hollenkamp’s closest associates.
Unable to sleep, Ms. Few wakened at 5:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving. She grabbed the engagement ring, a lavender sapphire, and Ms. Hollenkamp’s telephone, in case an excited buddy known as with ill-timed congratulations. She crept out of their San Diego house, leaving Ms. Hollenkamp to sleep, blissfully unaware of what was about to occur.
Ms. Few picked up a newspaper at her native espresso store, buzzing with nerves.
She had initially deliberate to suggest over dinner, however The Morning publishes in, nicely, the morning. With household throughout the nation — to not point out the Twitter storm that may quickly comply with — she couldn’t precisely wait.
After she returned with pumpkin spice lattes, it was time to trade their six phrases of gratitude. (Ms. Few had challenged Ms. Hollenkamp to provide you with her personal, as a setup.)
Nonetheless unaware, Ms. Hollenkamp went first. “My life has by no means been happier,” she stated.
Then, Ms. Few handed her the newspaper — the print version additionally revealed the gathering —and opened it to the story.
Ms. Hollenkamp stated she learn it 5 occasions as a result of she couldn’t imagine it was actual. “I used to be like, ‘Wait, I’m Taylor Hollenkamp,’” she stated.
“I began bawling after which Lauren requested me herself,” she added. “She put the ring on my finger. I used to be sobbing and just about scream-cried.”
The couple plan to get married in June, then go on a honeymoon in Costa Rica. (They’ve already booked their tickets.) However first, Ms. Hollenkamp stated she deliberate to suggest proper again. “Lesbian perks,” she stated, laughing. “You get two engagements.”
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