How to Get Married in a Hurry


Darien Monk doesn’t need a broken espresso machine on anybody, nonetheless as shortly as upon a time she wouldn’t have minded if these on the Coffee & Tea Exchange in Chicago, the place she works, have been out of order a little further usually.

“I would see Shane every once in a while at the store, and I thought he was cute,” talked about Ms. Monk, 43, of Shane Gerdes, an espresso machine restore technician. They met in 2007, when he was employed to work on the corporate warehouse all by metropolis. Espresso emergencies happen solely so usually. Crushes usually can’t wait.

So when Ms. Monk urged a co-worker about her attraction to Mr. Gerdes, 42, he promptly invited them every to a native bar. Then he sat them down collectively and left. Sparks flew. Within a 12 months, they’ve been residing collectively in a new Chicago condominium, the place they let a dozen years change with out a lot converse of marriage. “I’m a little shy, and essentially it felt like we were married anyway,” Ms. Monk talked about.

Mr. Gerdes was OK with that affiliation until the coronavirus pandemic hit. “When quarantine started, I just had this feeling that I wanted to protect Darien, to make her feel safe,” he talked about. Legalizing their relationship appeared a change in that route. On Memorial Day 2020, he took her to the Lincoln Park Zoo, the place of what they supply thought to their first official date in 2007, and proposed.

“Shane had made a picnic,” Ms. Monk talked about. “Normally he doesn’t do any cooking besides frozen pizza, but he made us PB&J sandwiches and borrowed all this picnic stuff from a neighbor. It was very sweet.” When he launched her with a ring on the picnic blanket and requested her to marry him, she talked about constructive.

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That would change Dec. 11, when Mr. Gerdes started feeling dizzy whereas on the warehouse fixing espresso machines. He fell to the underside in a seizure and was rushed to a hospital in Oak Park, Ill. Ms. Monk obtained a title from the ambulance. “I stood outside the hospital for hours, but they wouldn’t let me in because of Covid rules.”

Within a day, medical medical docs found a concepts tumor. “I saw my X-ray,” Mr. Gerdes talked about. “The tumor was huge, on my memory lobe. When you see something like that and they tell you it’s growing inside your skull, it’s terrifying. I didn’t know whether I would live or die.” What he did know is he didn’t want to wait a minute longer to marry Ms. Monk.

On the morning of Dec. 13, the day forward of his concepts surgical course of was scheduled, he usually usually usually usually usually referred to as her at residence. “He woke me up,” she talked about. “He said, do you want to come down here and marry me?” She pulled a costume from her closet and hurried to Rush University Medical Center, the place a workforce of nurses had assembled a makeshift bridal ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony ceremony 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“I know it sounds morbid, but I love Darien and I wanted her to have my 401(k) and every other legal right in case I died,” he talked about. “I look like Frankenstein now — you can see where they drilled my skull — but I’m strengthened. I’m in a scrum and I’m going to beat this thing. I want to be with Darien and see her hair grow gray.”



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