Paycheck and a ring - Catholic Courier
Leonor and Ed Rivera

Leonor and Ed Rivera (Photo courtesy of Leonor Rivera)

Paycheck and a ring

Leonor: After a Broadway show, we headed to my parents’ home in New York City. While talking to my mom, I noticed Ed was missing and so was my dad. I went to look for them. As I approached the porch, I heard Ed talking to my dad in a serious tone. I worried that he and my dad might be arguing. I listened to decide if I should interrupt.

Ed: I asked Leonor’s dad if we could talk privately. He led me to the porch. I told him I loved Leonor. I showed him my paycheck, a house listing and a diamond ring. I asked him if I could have his blessing to marry his daughter. He looked very serious. He said Leonor was very special. She put herself through college. He was very proud. He said she deserved ONLY the best. Without answering my question, he asked me to follow him.

Leonor: I heard them coming and ducked into the dining room. My mom and sisters saw me. I told them I thought Ed was asking to marry me. My mom said she should be there too and headed that way. I begged her not to go in. Then we heard them coming and quickly sat down trying to act casual.

Ed: Leonor’s dad saw her in the dining room and motioned for me to go in. He said, ‘Go ahead.’ I knelt down on one knee while everyone watched. I said, ‘I love you with all my heart. I want to be with you forever. Will you marry me?’

Leonor: My eyes filled with tears of joy. Four years as friends, two years dating and now engaged. I said, ‘Yes, I will. I love you too.”

My family erupted with cheers, tears and hugs.

Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera are members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community. To learn more about Worldwide Marriage Encounter, visit To read more of Leo and Ed’s blogs, visit

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