Pa­rade Pro­posal

Lo­cal cou­ple en­gaged at Christ­mas pa­rade

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

It all started in the eighth grade at Cousins Mid­dle School. That’s when 21-yearold An­drew Ter­rell first saw Kaila Sills in his home­room. That first meet­ing led the cou­ple to where they are to­day. En­gaged af­ter a sur­prise pro­posal at the an­nual Cov­ing­ton Christ­mas pa­rade Satur­day.

“She was the first per­son I no­ticed when I walked into class,” said the New­ton County deputy. “She was the first girl I ever called on the phone, held hands with, kissed — all that stuff,” said Ter­rell.

“They went to their first dance to­gether,” said Ter­rell’s mother De­bra. “That first dance sealed it!”

Though the cou­ple dated off and on through high school (he went to New­ton, she to East­side), but like many high school sweet­hearts, it didn’t last. Nearly three years ago, they saw one an­other again at a mu­tual friend’s birth­day party and got back to­gether on Dec. 21 of that year and have been solid ever since. So much so, that Ter­rell de­cided, de­spite their young ages, that now was the best time to make sure Sills knew he wanted to be with her for the rest of his life.

“We’ve been to­gether so long it’s ob­vi­ous that she’s the one I want to be with so why wait?” said Ter­rell. “I just want to give her the world. I’m ready to make her happy.”

Sills was watch­ing the pa­rade on the square and thought that Ter­rell was rid­ing on the NCSO float. In­stead, he was on one with both his par­ents and hers. A sign read­ing, “All I want for Christ­mas is yes” hung above an arch, and signs on the side queried, “Kaila Sills will you marry me?”

Ter­rell seemed con­fi­dent of Sills’ re­sponse Fri­day evening say­ing, “She’s go­ing to bawl her eyes out.”

Sure enough, Sills said that when she re­al­ized what was hap­pen­ing, she started to cry.

“I heard peo­ple chant­ing my name over and over,” she said. “I started look­ing around and when I turned, there was An­drew run­ning up to me with flow­ers and then he got down on one knee. I had no idea; it was a to­tal sur­prise. I to­tally started cry­ing!”

But through the tears she man­aged one word. “Yes.”

Pho­tos by Dar­rell Everidge /The Cov­ing­ton News

(Above) Kaila Sills and An­drew Ter­rell kiss af­ter agree­ing to get mar­ried at Satur­day’s Cov­ing­ton Christ­mas pa­rade. (Right) Ter­rell com­pletely sur­prised Sills, who didn’t think he would pro­pose for a cou­ple of years. Friends and fam­ily mem­bers were pre­pared for the pro­posal; in fact, ev­ery­one knew be­sides Sills.

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