Do you ever watch a romantic comedy and think, “Well, this is all very nice, but that never happens in real life.” Sometimes it just seems like those fairy tale-like love stories you read or hear about–like how my parents met in the first grade–are a thing of the past.
I, for one, always assumed that I’d walk into a New York City book store and there my future husband would be. Standing right in front of the Jane Austen aisle. Holding the very book I’d come to the store to buy: I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. He’d, of course, be the owner of a cannoli factory in Italy. And we’d spend the rest of our days taste-testing Italian pastries. (Sorry, I’m still hungry from all the dieting!)
Alas, that has never happened. But this week I saw something that gave me hope that romance is still alive and well in the world. On Tuesday, my colleague Stephanie, the managing editor of Guideposts Books, sent an email to a few of us in the office:
“My niece Erica Alvarado got engaged on Sunday after she and her boyfriend performed Romeo and Juliet,” she wrote. “How romantic is that?”
Erica and her now-fiancé, Stéphano, are principal dancers with the City Ballet of San Diego. Last Sunday, they danced the lead roles in Romeo and Juliet. Right after the death scene, Stefano proposed. On stage. In a Romeo costume.
It just kind of renews your hope in love, doesn’t it? Even if your cannoli-factory-owning husband isn’t on the scene just yet.
What about you? Do you have an amazing proposal story? Share it below–you never know who it might inspire!