Leonor: After graduation, I went to work in Syracuse. Ed worked in Rochester. We were anxious to get to know each other as boyfriend and girlfriend. Both our jobs involved traveling often, so seeing each other was a challenge. We drove back and forth on the Thruway, sometimes struggling to stay awake. We spent hours on the telephone, charged by the minute, falling asleep while talking. This went on for almost two years.
Ed: During a business trip, I decided to stop at a Hallmark store. Since we were apart so often, I wrote letters telling Leonor how special she was to me. She loved them. I scanned the rows of cards, reading many to find just the right one that described what I was feeling, but didn’t know how to express on my own. When I found the one, I was thrilled and bought it. During the flight, I wrote a long, heartfelt letter in the card.
Leonor: I drove to Rochester to surprise Ed when he got off the plane. In those days, you could wait at the gate. As soon as I saw him, his face lit up. He rushed over and hugged me tight. He reached into his bag and pulled out a red envelope and gave it to me. I reached into my bag and pulled out a red envelope and gave it to him. As we opened our envelopes, we realized that both cards were identical.
Ed: I bought my card on the West Coast and Leonor on the East Coast. We looked at each other with joy and surprise. From that Hallmark moment on I began to wonder, could she be THE one?
Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera are members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community. To learn more about Worldwide Marriage Encounter, visit www.wwme.org.