Squirrels below zero

Jordi had a plan. As a professional, he was well aware of the importance of choosing the right moment to ask his girlfriend to marry him. It would have to be a special place and the occasion had to be prepared to ensure it was unique and memorable. He had to take care of all the details and think up a surprising, magical ploy. He and Mariona were taking a holiday in February and they’d decided to visit New York. The city of skyscrapers is extraordinary at any time of the year, also in winter. Perhaps they could go skating at the Rockefeller Center? Or he could give her the engagement ring at the very top of the Empire State Building?

Squirrels below zero

In the end he decided to prepare a little game with the squirrels in Central Park, sure that Mariona would love to see them close-up, especially as squirrels are always so elusive in Catalonia. That was it! He’d pretend he was going up to them to give them some food and, as he took his hand away, he’d show her what the little creatures had given him: an engagement ring. She would definitely be surprised! He also hoped she’d say “yes”.

With his scheme well planned, they flew to New York the second week in February. But when they got off the plane, they were surprised just how cold it was… It was the worst cold snap the city had experienced in a long time, 24 degrees below zero and one and a half metres of snow! They had to cancel their trip to Boston because the train line was down. But Central Park was open; Jordi continued with his plan until, in the park, it dawned on him: snow everywhere and not a squirrel in sight. What now?

Squirrels below zero

That evening they were alone in the apartment they were sharing in SoHo as their flatmates had tickets for a musical. “It’s now or never” thought Jordi. He decided to make it a special dinner. He found a truffled ham in a local delicatessen, bought a recommended Californian wine and, when he got back, added some candles as the final touch. And that’s how an evening without plans became the plan of his life. Mariona said “yes”, even without the help of the squirrels!

 

A real story experienced by Mariona and Jordi in New York City (USA) February 2016.