To the woman I loved dearly,
I have given you three rings which represent my heart, body and soul. With each one, I have given you a piece of myself; trusting that you would guard it with everything you have. I may not be a hopeless romantic but these gestures signify my own way of proving how I feel about you.
First, I gave you the promise ring. I remember how you gasped and gaped at the jewel and how my heart sighed with content with every beat. That humbled but deeply excited look in your eyes as I slipped it onto your finger is a memory that will live with me forever. There was so much I wanted to say but there were not enough words to convey what my heart wanted you to know. But at least, I knew with that little gesture, you will get the message.
With you, it wasn’t love at first sight. I hardly believe in that. I’d say…I grew to love you. With every encounter, every chat, I began to realize that you were the one for me. So with giving you this ring, I was risking my heart to promise you that we would go far together; hoping and praying that you would not damage my heart and throw it in my face. But you didn’t.
Then I gave you the second one: the engagement ring, which made it all official. Trust me, it wasn’t easy for me. I knew that I loved you but I won’t deny there was a part of me nervous about taking that step. I was committing to you for eternity…although partially. People break off engagements all the time. But I didn’t wish for us to end like that. I believe that you and I were meant to be. You see those little stones embedded in them? They are all pieces of my fragile heart. Please take care of my heart the same way you would of the ring. Every little piece counts; don’t let the little stones chip away. It may seem like nothing; but little chip-aways lead to bigger holes. And I invited you in to fill the vacuum in my heart and not to make it wider.
Then the big day came. You have no idea how slippery my hands became with sweat. My hands began to tremble as you walked down the aisle. But my heart heaved a sigh of relief when your father put your hand in mine. My heart knew at that moment that it could trust you. So I slipped it on your finger you slipped yours onto mine and I finally felt at peace. We had taken the big leap and I knew we were in for a great ride together.
With these rings, I give you my all. I love you with all that is within me. It has taken so much for me to put down these words…for your eyes only. I hope five, ten, twenty, fifty years from now, when you read this letter again, your eyes will not tear of regret and pain but out of joy of knowing that we made the right choice by saying “I do” to each other.
From the guy on his knees.