Eugene and his boyfriend, Chris, go to Disneyland nearly every month. So when they went to Splash Mountain recently, Chris had no idea that Eugene had been plotting an incredible, sneaky, certain-to-go-viral proposal.
Keep in mind, that look of shock is from the ride.
"I always knew I wanted to propose to him at Disneyland," Eugene told Someecards via private message on Reddit. He also shared a detail from the proposal with excited commenters:
I quickly hid the sign away after the drop and when we exited the ride we walked to see our photo and he was shocked. I got down on one knee and asked him to spend the rest of his life with me. He said, “yes”. :)
It was perfect for their relationship, but he didn't settle on the Splash Mountain plan until he saw a girl come out to her mother there—a moment that made headlines of its own.
That's when inspiration hit, and he enlisted the help of his niece and nephews to craft the perfect (water-resistant?) sign.
Unfortunately, Eugene's mother wasn't as supportive as his brother's family.
"I made a point to sit both of my parents down the day before the proposal to let them know my intentions with Chris," Eugene told Someecards. "They weren't overly supportive or interested and that's how they've always been since I came out almost 10 years ago."
Even though he expected their disappointing reaction, Eugene was surprised when his religious mother wouldn't stop insisting—after the proposal turned into the above, impeccable photo—that he avoid posting it to Facebook.
"She didn't want her family members, whom I'm friends with, to see and 'gossip'" about it.
"I didn't even receive a 'congratulations' from my parents," said Eugene. Just repeated requests not to share the photo. "So it was very heartbreaking for me."
After she kept insisting that Eugene not post the photo, Eugene says he "lost it and told her that I can post whatever I want."
"I don't care if she's ashamed of me," said Eugene, who was heartbroken at a moment that should have been joyful. "I decided, in anger, to post it on Reddit instead."
Eugene took to Reddit and vented: "My mom told me not to post it on Facebook because she's ashamed of me, so I'm posting it here for the world to see!"
Reddit did not disappoint. His photo was met with overwhelming support, as hundreds of supportive comments and thousands of symbolic thumbs-up rolled through in the form of upvotes.
"I didn’t expect the response I received," he told Someecards. But, he continued, "it definitely made me feel the love that I’d hoped I’d receive from my parents."
When we asked Eugene if he planned to show his mother all the support he'd received from the post, he wasn't sure:
"I’m just thankful to everyone on Reddit who saw and commented on the photo and to my fiancé’s parents who are so supportive and overjoyed with us taking the next step in our relationship."
Maybe his post will inspire the next Splash Mountain proposal, and the cycle of support, acceptance, and viral photos will continue for generations. We can only hope.