BMHS PrideTime Editor
NORWALK- While you were given presents on Christmas Morning, Eric Carroll, an English Teacher at Brien McMahon, decided to keep one of his gifts until December 30, 2017 when he got down on one knee and proposed to his fiancé Julia.
Preparing for his proposal, Carroll gave Julia tickets for the Lion King, but she didn't know Carroll had bought her tickets to her favorite musical, Hamilton, instead. “Leading up to the day… I didn't plan to the minute like you probably should. I kind of just threw a couple things on the wall hoping it would stick,” says Carroll.
If you don’t know Mr. Carroll, he’s a very go-with-the-flow kind of teacher: a real people person. He will talk to just about anyone and everyone. Being with him for 4 years, Julia could sense something was up when Carroll was looking out the taxi cab window instead of engaging in conversation with the driver.
Mr. Carroll isn’t the best at time management so as you could imagine, Julia and Eric were running down the streets of NYC trying to make it to the 8 o’clock performance. About a block away from the theater, Carroll stops Julia to tell her to close her eyes and walk a few feet forward to see a sign saying ‘Hamilton.’ When Julia looked at the sign with excitement, Carroll got down on one knee and proposed.
“Terror. Absolute terror. Her reaction to everything is always terror and I was used to it like I know it doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to. It means she doesn’t know how to process that moment as well as we need to and it was okay because i was in a moment of terror too.” Says Carroll.
Carroll may be the most recent engagement at McMahon, but he isn’t the only one with a proposal story. Robert Ayala, a History Teacher at our school, successfully tied the knot.
“Mine wasn’t very stressful because my wife knew it was coming,” says Ayala. They’d only been dating for almost a year before they picked out the ring together and discussed their future.
Coming from a Catholic family, Ayala’s father-in-law asked if his grandchildren would grow up the same. “I said ‘No as long as they’re good kids.” Says Ayala. On September 1, 1993, she said yes!
Michael Epstein, a history teacher at our school, proposed the way his wife always imagined it would happen.
“I was a Stamford high Teacher at the time and I had cheerleaders in my class. I couldn’t really afford the whole Yankees or Knicks thing, but she always thought it was cute to get proposed at a game. The cheerleaders in my class made a 10 yard banner that said “Will you marry me Terri? and unraveled it after their halftime performance.” Says Epstein.
It’s safe to say that there is no right way to propose to the one you love, but at the end of the day, your engagement story will be a great story to tell.