It started off one Saturday afternoon in a local Borders Book Store. While browsing through books, Mario brought me over to the in store computer and wondered out loud if the computer would print out his online Borders wish list. He typed his name into the computer and a book came up under his name, he was relatively calm, and looked at me and said, "that’s strange, there’s an author out there with my same name". The name of the book was "Fairy Tale: A Love Story" He proceeded to print out the information, and we continued to browse. We left the book store, with not another word said about the book, continued on to the park, where we played miniature golf. On the walk back from mini golf, he commented on how nice of a day it was, and asked if we could sit on the park bench. Before we sat he went into his car, and pulled out a couple of books on weddings. As I browsed through each book, there was one book that remained clutched in his hands. On the book was a fake book cover which he pulled off, to reveal the book, "Fairy Tale: A Love Story"
He began to read the book to me, it told the story of how we met as it became quickly apparent that the fictional characters described were of myself and Mario. Furthermore, the book included every poem that he had ever written for me in the context of the story. He went on reading the story of our lives until he got to the last chapter, which was called the future, and it included an author’s note saying that the author needed help in writing the last chapter, asking me to turn the page. At that he turned the page, and read the following poem to me.
We wrote the story together as well as you can see
But we need to finish the ending so we can be as "we"
I hope you enjoyed the prose, I wrote it just for you
I want to walk you down the isle to prove our love is true
It will be our own perfect ending in a story about our life
I can’t think of a better way to ask you to be my wife
So just turn one more page, and we’ll write many more
It’s a surprise for you that I hope you will adore
I have but a few more words, to my heart you hold the key
Danielle, I love you dearly, WILL YOU MARRY ME?
We turned the next page together and cut out into the back of the book was the most beautiful diamond ring. It took me a while to actually realize that he went through the trouble of actually publishing the book to propose to me. I had a strong feeling that I knew the day was coming, and while Mario thought he had the big surprise for me, I also had it out for him waiting patiently in my pocketbook. I had always told Mario that I could never be as romantic as him, that I simply didn’t have it in me. But my surprise to him almost knocked him off his feet when I gave him a card titled "Just the Way You Are" Which happens to be our song. Inside the card I had a poem already written back to him in response…..
I feel it fitting on this day
To tell you thoughts I need to say
You are the one I’ve waited for all my life
And now you have asked me to be your wife
I say yes with all the love in my heart
And look foward to this life together we will start
My trust in your sincerity lies so very deep
That jealousy is something I will never keep
I feel that your love for me is so true
I can be myself, even when I am blue
Your thoughtfullness is over the top
And I pray the romance never stops
I give you my heart, soul and mind
Because Mario, you are one of a kind
I will marry you for the man you are today
And the man you will be on your dying day
I promise to be there through laughter and the tears
I promise to be still here in another fify years
I promise to support you in all you stand for
And together, this future is ours forever more.
My answer was an emphatic prepared "Yes", Mario was more surprised than "I" by the unraveling of events, that even he had tears in his eyes. It was a day that neither of us will ever forget!