That night, at home, the doorbell rang. I went to the door, and there was Maritza by herself. I asked her where Arturo was, and she said he was running late at the office and would be over later. Arturo, along with his dad, owned an international shipping company, and its operations ran 24 hours. He had been delayed by a shipment that needed urgent transport documents. I led her to the office, where mom was waiting for her.
Maritza turned around and said, “When he gets here, after we are finished with your mom, we can go over the announcement and invitations. Here is the information we would like included. I took the liberty to write some details that I would like for you to include. Also, I found this short verse that I thought you could integrate into the invitations.”
I took the papers from her hand and agreed. I walked away and went in my room. I looked at the papers and read the information. It was mostly general information.
Then I read the words on the verse, “Two souls in despair wondering through the world found each other and have joined. Their life is to begin, no longer as two souls, but now as one. Their lives no meaning had, until they intertwined. Their dreams are one, their thoughts would no longer be apart. In this their wedding day, his love, and her love is only just, is only one.”
The words I read touched my heart. She had picked the words to express how she felt. Maritza loved Arturo.
I grabbed all the papers and went to the dining room. I read over her notes and sat down to create her invitations and wedding announcement. I started putting the words together while imagining how they met. What had transpired between them, and how did they fall in love? I took all those thoughts and put them on paper, not the details, but the significance of the moment. Not soon after I finished writing, mom and Maritza came out of the office.
I gladly announced, “Just in time. I have the invitations and wedding announcement ready for review.”
Mom and Maritza walked over to the table and I handed each a copy to read. They both grabbed them and sat at the table to read them.
Maritza finished first and waited for mom to finish. They both looked at me and nodded in approval.
Maritza said, “I love it. I had an idea of what I wanted, but you have taken the words and created magic. Thank you.”
Mom agreed and added, “Too bad that Arturo did not make it tonight. I think he would have loved it, too.”
Yes, it was too bad he had not made it. I was disappointed. Earlier, I had made sure that I looked feminine, attractive, and ready to be seen by him as a woman, not a child, but God knows why things happen. What intentions did I have? Whatever they were must not have been good. In my mind, I needed Arturo to see me all grown up, I needed him to notice me. It did not matter what consequences it brought. Although, I had not thought it through, I knew at least I wanted that much. Whatever else could happen was not a worry in my head. Besides, what were the chances that he would notice me and change his mind about the wedding? Absolutely, zero, no chances at all.