One upon a summer there was a young woman who felt nothing was going her way. She hadn't had a boyfriend in months, her job sucked the life from her and everything she seemed to try for slipped through her fingers. After work one day she walked past a poster advertising an evening of elegance upon a steam driven paddle boat. There was to be dancing, food and no partner was needed. She decided to treat herself and purchased a ticket. That evening, as she boarded the boat, her heart felt forlorn, but she smiled and was determined to have a good time even though she was by herself. She was sipping her drink at a corner booth and nervously fiddling with her hair when a handsome young man came over. "Would you like to dance?" he asked with a smile.
She looked up and their eye's met. Immediately, there was a spark in their eyes and their hearts. From that moment on he didn't leave her side. They danced and laughed and felt more alive than either had in years.
When the night was coming to an end, he looked at her and said, " I don't want to live another day without you. Come with me and work by my side in my shop near here. You can even build your own business there if you want." The young woman smiled and said, "I've been waiting so long for this ."
A year later he said he had a surprise for her and asked her to be ready by 5pm. He took her to the same boat they had met on one year prior. The night passed with no less magic than the night they met. As it was drawing to a close, he asked her out on the deck. Nervously, he knelt down on one knee and asked, "Will you marry me?". She started to cry and smiled, "I thought you would never ask." He smiled back, and explained, " You're no ordinary girl and this is no ordinary love. I wanted your ring to mean something, so I had one custom made to look like this steam driven paddle boat we met on. The center stone is strawberry quartz, because it sparkles like my eyes and heart sparkles for you, and the stacks have red garnets in them to signify our love. "
She was speechless.
She loved the ring and over the years when times were difficult she just glanced at her ring and it filled her heart with sparks just like those wonderful nights on the boat and made her smile. And her smiled were always returned by a smile from her husband.