It was 5:00 in the morning on July 23, my 25 birthday when my boyfriend called to say, “Happy Birthday, Sweetie, wake up because we’re going fishing.” I got ready. He came over and picked me up.
On the way to the beach he gave me a card with a nose ring in it. It was really nice I was just so happy we were going fishing because I had always wanted to do that. We got our equipment, had some breakfast and went on the boat. It was really nice, just the two of us in the middle of the ocean on a fishing trip. We learned how to fish and even caught a couple.
The fishing trip was over in the afternoon. He took me to my house so that I could get cleaned up then he took me out for lunch at a Greek restaurant; the food was great.
After that we went to his house so that he could get ready. I always put my purse in his room so as I went to put it in there, on his bed was another card and a little gift: two very nice belly rings. I was surprised and loved them very much. I get very sensitive on my birthday so every time I got a card I started to cry because they we’re so sweet and deep. We cuddled for a while and then we left.
He had made reservations at a restaurant in Newport Beach called Mama Mi; it was a candlelit dinner right on the beach. We ate, and the food was great. Towards the end of our meal, a lady from the street walked into the restaurant yelling “I’m looking for Mia, Mia – the birthday girl!”
I was shocked! She told me her name and introduced me to a guy who would be escorting us through Newport Lido on a gondola that my boyfriend had set up for me. I couldn’t believe it; I was so surprised! I started to cry with joy and kiss my boyfriend.
We finished our dinner and our escort took us to the gondola. It was a beautiful gondola with a couch set. It was a little cold outside so my boyfriend gave me a blanket. He brought some salami, crackers and cheese. The guy took a picture of us and took us around Newport Lido. It was so romantic; we cuddled, kissed, talked and held each other.
Then I told my boyfriend that I hoped that was the last of the surprises for the day because I didn’t think I could cry anymore! He said, “Oh, I don’t know …”
We went on for a while, when I saw something in the water I thought we were going to hit. The gondola guy asked me to pick it up and when I first tried, I missed. He turned the gondola around and I tried a second time and I got it. It was a bottle with a message inside.
Inside was a letter that started with, “Dear Soul Mate,” and of course I started to cry again. It was a very sweet and deep letter that made me feel so wonderful. At the end it said, “Let’s add another chapter to our lives …” and he got on his knee and gave me the most beautiful promise ring I had ever seen.
I didn’t know what to say. I felt like I was going to faint! I told him that I loved him and “yes” to all his questions. He put my ring on; we kissed, held each other tight, enjoyed the moment and rode back to shore.
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