August 2014 was a busy month for Ricketa. She traveled to Mexico for a week with work and to Vegas for a girlfriends 25th birthday. Ricketa and Carlton were physically apart for 10 consecutive days. Upon Ricketa’s return to Bentonville, Carlton scheduled a date at their favorite steak house on a Wednesday night. A date night at such a place in the middle of the week seemed out of the ordinary, but Carlton ensured that it was because he was happy to have Ricketa home again. Ricketa was a bit tired that Wednesday night after having a full day at work but decided to put on makeup and look extra nice “just in case”.
Ricketa, already knowing their long term plan, often teased Carlton about proposing. If he made eye contact, took her to dinner, or dropped her off at nail salon, she always liked to see his response when she excitedly squealed “Oh my gosh! Are you about to propose?!”. His response would always be “One day” and they would move on to the next topic.
After a great dinner Carlton suggested a detour to his newly rented duplex to pick up his iPad. Ricketa immediately responded “yea right!! You’re about to propose”. Carlton laughed it off and promised it would happen one day and Ricketa squeezed his hand responding a soft “I know”.
When they arrived at the duplex, there were roses laid out in the shape of a heart with their picture in the middle. Carlton instructed Ricketa to sit, and when she did he gave her his iPad that played a video highlighting their time as friends in college, their long distance relationship, and as adults both living in Bentonville. The video ended with the question “What does the future hold for Carlton and Ricketa?”
After the video, Carlton brought a dozen roses to Ricketa and proceeded to talk about their happiness and plans to be together forever. At this point, Ricketa still had no idea what was happening, she believed this was one of the many times Carlton was just being an awesome guy and thought it had everything to do with their 4 year anniversary coming up the next week.
As Carlton was talking, he began to get on 1 knee. For some reason it still didn’t click in Ricketa’s brain what was going on. Finally, Carlton pulled the ring out of his pocket and asked Ricketa “Will you marry me?” After asking “really” repeatedly, she said “YES”!!