My fiance and I both grew up in the Austin, Texas area. We lived thirty minutes away from each other for over 25 years, but our paths never crossed! In 1988, we each moved to Fort Worth, Texas to pursue our careers in the Information Technology field. As fate would have it, we both ended up working for the same company.
The first day Paul started I saw him at a company dinner and it was love at first sight! But, I was too shy to let him know. I saw him at every company function and dreamed of what it would be like to be his girl! But, I thought he would never notice me.
After six months on the job, Paul decided to move back to Austin to be closer to his family. He was scheduled to leave Fort Worth on Friday, after his last day at work. Again fate intervened and we ended up at the same happy hour party on the Wednesday before he was to leave. After a couple of drinks, I let it slip to a girlfriend that I thought he was just the cutest thing I had ever seen! No sooner had I turned my back, than she rushed over to tell him the news!! The next thing I knew, the man of my dreams was asking me to dance and he never let go of my hand the entire night! Apparently the infatuation had been mutual!!
Since that night, Paul and I have never been apart. One year ago, we bought our first home of our own. We just celebrated our 3 1/2 year “anniversary” on May 18th. And he asked me to marry him!!! My dreams are truly coming true!
Unfortunately, the I.T. industry nationwide is going through a huge slump and Paul and I have both been laid off from our jobs. We are surviving on our savings and unemployment insurance, as well as any odd jobs we can pick up while we search for work everyday. We want so much to commemorate our engagement with a proper diamond ring, but right now that is just financially impossible. We would like to adopt a diamond, because we know that it would be the most special diamond in the entire world regardless of size or shape, because it would be an everlasting symbol of our love and the true power of fate!!
Karin Maria Corbett