A Modest Proposal

So, a little background:

a) IF you know who Evelyn and/or I am, go ahead and skip this paragraph.  Evelyn and I met in our 10th grade English class.  As the story goes, we went to junior and senior proms together, went to separate colleges (and stayed together), and met back up after graduation in DC.  In total, we’ve been dating a bit over 7 years, so I may have glossed over just a bit.

b) IF you know what a Garmin Forerunner is, skip this paragraph.  I have this fancy watch.  I wear it when I run and it keeps track of how fast I go, my heart rate, and even a map of where I’ve been.  Every few seconds it records where I am using GPS.  As the dots connect, it shows where I went.  Super cool!  I’ll give you a moment gather yourself…  I can then hook it up to my computer to look at all the data.  Information overload: check.

Anyway, the morning of Evelyn’s birthday, I went for a run (much to her disappointment, I’m sure).  But not any old run.  No sir/ma’am!  I had big plans for this one.  I headed down to The Mall to find a big area to use as my canvas.  I would be my paintbrush.  It was all the more amazing doing this in the shadow of the Washington Monument.

I bet I looked like a crazy person running in the dark (I started at 6am) in zig zags (totaling about 2 miles).  I retraced my steps, crossed the street a few times in the same place, dropped my water bottle to mark where I need to run back to, maneuvered through trees…it was chaotic to an outsider (aka everyone).

I got home before Ev returned from the gym, blew up some balloons (lightheaded: check.), and uploaded the running route to my computer.  She got back, showered, and then sat at the computer.  Here begins the awkward endearing short story I tried to get out to explain why I needed to show her this run.  Something along the lines of “Hey Ev, so I was running today, and it felt strange how I was running back and forth in the same places, but I just went with it.  I didn’t think anything of it, but then I put it on the computer and here’s what it looked like.  And I have something for you that I found on my run.”  That’s when I showed her the map and while she looked a little puzzled, I got down on one knee and asked her if she’d marry me!  And, I wouldn’t have written this otherwise, but just in case, she said yes!

She admitted that she didn’t quite get it that I actually ran the path on the screen, so I had to explain it real quick, but then all was good.  Also, she thought I brought her back like a rock from my run (not too far from the truth!).  We made a quick decision that we wouldn’t tell anyone until we told our families in person, who were coming to visit 10 days later.  Thus, no one could know!  Sorry to everyone who was duped, deceived, or misled.  Don’t take it personally!  And here is what the map of where I run looked like:


For you skeptics, I didn’t follow a path or map this ahead of time.  I just followed my heart (awww.  swoon.  love.  yay.  puppies.)



  1. #1 by Vicki Sarasohn on September 12, 2009 - 5:10 pm

    Michael, I had know idea you were such a romantic. That was so original and extremely sweet. I am very, very happy for you and Ev. Can’t wait for the wedding!

    Aunt Vicki

  2. #2 by Svemir on September 12, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    OK, this has to go down into some anthology of the most original marriage proposals or something. Congratulations!

  3. #3 by Colin on September 12, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    I love that you were able to incorporate running into your proposal. What a cool idea. I’m so excited for you guys. Congrats again.

  4. #4 by Rebecca in Chicago on September 12, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    Best Ever!!! Run, Michael, Run!! 🙂

  5. #5 by Rene Gomez Colasuonno on September 13, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    That is awesome Michael! I love it!
    What a romantic! (take after dad?)
    Congratulations to you and Ev!
    Hope to see you soon! Love you! xoxo

  6. #6 by Aunt Meta on September 13, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    I guess that was called the “Run For Evelyn”. Glad she said yes. Thrilled for both of you.

  7. #7 by Uncle Steve on September 13, 2009 - 7:38 pm

    Mike….Totally awesome!

  8. #8 by your favorite sister on September 13, 2009 - 11:06 pm

    amazing! so excited!!!!

  9. #9 by sheila nickerson on September 15, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    Michael, this was a brilliant idea. You could start a business with Garmin. My love to both you and Evelyn. Love, Sheila

  10. #10 by uncle pat on September 16, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Congratulations from Aunt Mary and me to you and Evelyn .. Uncle Pat

  11. #11 by Your youngest, awesomest, most beautiful (take that julie) sis! and u know it on September 17, 2009 - 8:21 pm

    This was creative. So awesome man! This is really juicy! (Thats what Mrs.Z says!) And feisty too (sneaky) lol love ya I love AC KC!!!! So yumiful! xoxo

  12. #12 by ellen glazer on September 18, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Michael, I have such a big smile on my face! What a wonderful, creative, delightful proposal. As a runner, I can truthfully say that I can’t think of a better way to make “a modest proposal.” I am so happy for both of you!
    Mazel Tov, L’shana tova and Love,
    Aunt Ellen

  13. #13 by Roseann and Doug on September 18, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Congratulations to you and Evelyn!

    What an amazing idea and very creative!

    All our best wishes!

  14. #14 by Mike Cioce on September 19, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Big Mike,

    That is so great! congratulations!

    with love,

    Little Mike

  15. #15 by crossn81 on September 30, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Wow. That’s awesome. I’ve thought about something similar, but never to the effort to do it. What a great way to propose.

  16. #16 by Andi Wiener on October 16, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    A real “Rocky” moment in my favorite city. I guess running shorts & nikes R acceptable attire to the wedding.

    Congratulations Michael & Evelyn. So impressed with your originality, focus & stamina.
    Love, Andi

  17. #17 by Cousin Liz on February 23, 2010 - 5:00 am

    Congrats Michael and Evelyn!!!

  18. #18 by Joan Rosenberg on September 25, 2009 - 11:56 am

    Congratulations Michael and Evelyn! I have been running for 30 years and have never come across a more beautiful and creative use of this fantastic sport.

    Maybe you could include a short “run” in your wedding ceremony. You know I would be game!

    Can’t wait so see you guys. Best of everything. Regards and mazel tov to your parents, Evelyn.

    Love, Joanie

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