I was a freshman in college and was studying American Sign Language. I received an email on my space from a guy, with a very deep southern accent. I was born in New York and raised near Chicago and the last thing I ever thought would happen, would be me falling in love with a boy from the country. 

That was a little over four years ago. I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree in ASL Interpretation in Frederick, Maryland. I was away from my boyfriend for six months. I returned in the month of May 2011 to graduate from college. That week was full of events and exciting moments for my classmates and I. The day of graduation was amazing and everything seemed so perfect. Little did I know that day would change the rest of my life.

As I waited patiently in the library, across from the chapel, we lined up and began to walk across the lawn. I was so surprised to see my family and his all there to watch me graduate.  As we lined up in front of the chapel steps I was approached by my ASL teacher. She brought me to the top of the steps and signed “Today is the most important day of your life right? I want to bring up Danny.”

At that moment, my eyes teared up and I saw my boyfriend holding two dozen red/yellow roses. He grabbed hold of my hand and began to tactile sign ( the method used by deaf-blind individuals by signing into their hand)

He signed “Will you…I love you..marry me?” That is when I opened my eyes to see him on his knee with a beautifully cut heart shaped engagement ring. That was the day I knew Danny and I would spend the rest of our lives together. 


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Last updated February 5, 2017