3) The Same in Any Language

I had just finished my US Navy training school
as a Hospital Corpman in Great Lakes, Il, and had two weeks leave
before I was to be transferred to San Diego, CA. Didn’t have two
sticks to rub together at the time but managed to save enough for
an engagement ring. I picked it out the day I returned home (and
had 95 cents to spare). As I was leaving for the opposite coast
soon, I was intending to ask Patricia the next day, at a small colonial-style
restaurant which was special to us.

Of course, I wanted to make this unique and very memorable for her,
so I had set a plan in motion for months to do just that.

While at school, on my available leave weekends, I took the train
into Chicago to visit the Chicago Public library to do some research.
Over the next few months, I had amassed how to say, "Will you
marry me?" in 13 different languages. 13 was our lucky number
for it was the day we had our first date, some 4 years prior.

She LOVES accents and the sound of many other languages, and she
practically swooned when I proposed to her that way, on the night
of the 4th of July. That night, after she said yes, we went out
to see the fireworks.

Michael Vanek,

Knoxville, TN


The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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