Like most writers, I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on. I loved the Eight Little Peppers books, all of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writings, Elsie Dinsmore, the Anne of Green Gables series, The Chronicles of Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, and many other books. Children’s books are innocent, character-building, and imaginative, but sometimes they are life-changing – as in the case of Chicago native Molly Lipsitz. Reading a children’s book designed by her boyfriend turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
TODAY.com reported that Jason Methner wanted his proposal to Lipsitz to be “creative,” “dramatic,” and surprising. His book, inspired by bunnies, Lipsitz’s favorite animal, was a tale of friendship between a tortoise and a hare which progressed like their own relationship. The illustrated book concluded with a marriage proposal.
After he finished the book, Methner devised a plan to launch his creation at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago. He cleared the plan with library officials, who agreed on the condition that Methner would allow them to post photos of the event to their Facebook page, and he told his girlfriend they needed to stop by the library to view a friend’s book.
Methner took Lipsitz to the children’s section and pulled his book from a shelf, pretending he’d just seen it. She started reading it, and by the third page, had deducted that her boyfriend was up to something. At the end of the story when the tortoise proposes to the hare, Methner dropped to one knee and pulled out an engagement ring. Of course she said, “Yes!” Cue the photographers and social media.
“The book is a parable of our relationship,” Lipsitz told TODAY.com. “From when we met, a bit about our lives, and the things we did together. In the book he proposed to me, and then he proposed for real.”
Now, how sweet is that? This man thought of what would most appeal to his beloved, and he went to a great deal of trouble to give her a proposal she would never forget. Marriage to a man like that would be interesting. She’s a lucky girl.
If it doesn’t work out, I suppose he’ll write a sequel. However, in the tradition of Austen, I’m going to declare a happy ending and end this blog post.