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Readers reminisce: My most romantic gift
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He talked to me a lot and I tried to be a good listener. I was there for the tip money, so I was very friendly. I thought he was just a very lonely old man.

About the third time he came in, he waited for me to get off my shift at 11:30 p.m. He asked me to come and sit in a booth with him and visit. He looked me straight in the eyes, and said. "I love you and I want to marry you." He handed me a little ring box, a $20.00 bill, and a piece of paper with his preacher's name and phone number on it.

He said the $20.00 was to pay for the call to his preacher so I could ask just how sincere this truck driver was or if he was some kind of a nut. The ring box had a beautiful set of diamond wedding rings.

To make this short -- but not as short as our engagement -- I accepted his request but told him I was not in love with him. "If I ever am, I will let you know." He said. "That's alright. I'll love you enough for both of us."

My husband passed away Jan. 1, 2005. We had 10 beautiful years. I will be thankful forever for that.

Oh yes, I couldn't say the day or the hour it happened, but I definitely did fall in love with him. I guess I could say he was my soul mate and I almost threw him away. I always will love him deeply.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story of the most wonderful romance of my life.

-- Patricia York

Petal power
When I was in my late 20s, single and still riding the bus home from work, I was walking toward my little studio apartment one day when I noticed a long-stemmed red rose someone apparently had accidentally dropped while walking home from the bus stop.

With glee, I picked up the beautiful rose so I could take it home and enjoy its beauty and fragrance. After walking another 15 feet or so, I found another long-stemmed red rose on the edge of the sidewalk.

Upon reaching the entrance to the lush garden surrounding my apartment, I discovered still another red rose on the first of a number of stepping stones leading to my front door, and then another and another as I walked to my front door.

Just outside my door was a metallic gold box filled with long-stemmed red roses, and a hand-written note.

This, I feel, was the most romantic gift I ever have received from a man. Gentlemen, if you want to make a woman feel special, try this.

-- Christie Adams

Sometimes less is more
A single hazelnut chocolate and a pink rose ...

-- Ann Gaba

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