Man carves message for his valentine
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org February 13, 2014 5:16PM
In celebration of Valentine's Day, Auroran Tyler Morrick asked his finace to be his Valentine in a grand way - by carving a message in the snow on a frozen pond near Wheatlands Elementary School in Aurora. | Submitted photo, courtesy of Tyler Morrick
Updated: March 15, 2014 6:27AM
AURORA — Tyler Morrick wasn’t satisfied with the usual chocolate-and-flowers schtick this Valentine’s Day.
Instead, 29-year-old Morrick turned to pond prose to express his undying admiration for his longtime love, fiancee Rachel Maschmeier, 27. In the middle of the night this week, Morrick took to a nearby pond and shuffled his feet through the snow to spell out: “I love you. Will you be my Valentine?”
Morrick estimates that he spent four hours walking miles in sub-zero temperatures to complete the project. He started at 1 a.m. at the pond near Wheatlands Elementary School and finished as the sun came up, he said. The entire message is about 150 feet wide by 250 feet long, Morrick estimated.
“When I finally laid down to make the snow angel for the question mark, I could barely even move,” he said. “I didn’t have thick enough socks on and I was in an incredible amount of pain, but all I was thinking about was our relationship and I wasn’t going to stop until it was finished.”
The next day, Morrick had a neighbor watch over the couple’s 18-month-old daughter Kaleigh so he could unveil his surprise.
“She had no clue what was going on. She thought I crashed the car or something,” he said. “I told her I snuck out of the house without you knowing and I did something that I’ll never regret for the rest of my life.”
Her response? She started crying, Morrick said.
“I just always want to surprise her. I want to be out of the ordinary, do something that she’ll never forget, and do something that money can’t pay for, most importantly,” he said. “She’s my angel sent from above.”
Morrick said he’s still not sure what compelled him to craft the message, besides his desire to make this Valentine’s Day as special as possible for his fiancee.
“I was on the edge of falling asleep, and I randomly got up, got dressed and went outside,” he said. “I had zero preparation. I had no thought of how long it was going to take or how I was going to do it.”
But it was the worth it, he said.
“I want to be a role model for my daughter. Hopefully when she grows up, I can show her pictures and let her know how a man should treat a woman,” Morrick said.
The couple, who met five years ago through a friend, worked together at Potter’s Place in Naperville and have been engaged for two and a half years. They live in Aurora’s Ogden Pointe subdivision.
Is there a wedding date soon?
“That will be a surprise, too,” Morrick said. “We don’t have a date set, but we’re [basically] married. I already call her my wife.”