A Day Off Work

3) A Day Off Work

We decided that in the midst of our busy schedules
and lives, we were both going to take the day off of work and school
so we could spend an entire day together. I thought we would just
hang out, maybe catch a movie and some dinner. But no! He had much
bigger and better plans!

When he came to pick me up, he had a rose and a card with a little
piece of candy taped to the inside. After thanking him, I put it
in my room and then we left for lunch at Chili’s – where we had
our very first date. When we were finishing lunch, the waiter called
my name, found me, and gave me a rose and a card with a piece of
candy taped inside! This happened on the train to Chicago, at the
ESPN Zone, and an ice cream shop. Random people somehow found me
and gave me a rose and a card with a piece of candy taped inside.

At Navy Pier, we decided to take a boat ride because Jason had a
buy one get one free coupon, but that boat was closed. So, we rushed
to catch another one, and low and behold! There were 3 roses and
a card with a piece of candy in it at the ticket booth!!! (I found
out that the three roses symbolized our first kiss on our 3 month
anniversary, which happened to be on a boat.)

After the boat ride, we went to the top of the John Hancock building
and watched the sun set from there. It was sooo beautiful! Oh, and
I received another rose and card, etc.

Next, we went to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner where I was given
another rose and card with a piece of candy in it from the waitress.
As we left, we noticed that there was a limo parked in front. Jason
had never been in one, so he asked the limo driver, whose name was
John, if he could just look inside. The limo driver said yes and
even let us sit in it. Then John said, "In fact, I have time
right now if you want to take a quick ride!" We said, "Sure!"
He ended up taking us back to the Hancock where Jason and I got
cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. John had given Jason his
card, so before leaving, Jason decided to thank him again for taking
us on the ride. Then, Jason told me that John said he’d take us
on another if we’d like to, and of course we took it!

He stopped near the Adler Planetarium where there is a gorgeous
view of the city and it was there that Jason told me he had hired
John. John took us back to Mundelein to St. Mary’s Seminary and
dropped us off at Jason’s car. How it got there, I don’t know!!
Jason pulled out a radio from his trunk and told me that he thought
it’d be nice if we could dance in one of the rooms. We got to the
building where he wanted to go, but it was locked so we had to call
security. The security came and unlocked it, but the room Jason
wanted to go in was also locked, and the security couldn’t open
it. So, we settled for another room and danced to a couple romantic
songs until Jason told me he wanted to show me something in the
tape deck of the radio.

He opened the deck and there was a little book/card. I took it out,
read it, and when I got to the last page, he was on his knee and
I saw a ring – the same size as the candies I’d been getting – taped
to it. He asked me if I would marry him and I told him, "YES!!!"
(He told me later that the room that was locked had a candle so
we could dance by candlelight and his guitar so he could sing me
a song that he wrote for me.) When I got back to my room, I found
a big teddy bear and a card on my bed. It was the most perfect,
wonderful day ever!!!! The End.

Bonny Stacey,
Deerfield, IL


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