Written: August 19, 2012
I’m from the Philippines. You’re from Spain. We met in the United States.
There are times when I feel like the whole universe conspired for us to meet.
You made me believe in destiny and how ironic it may seem sometimes. I now imagine that somewhere up there, God is slowly weaving an intricate pattern on the fabric called life.
Although I’m still convinced that there’s no perfect love story, the mystery in ours deserves the elucidation of a million words. And even then, I’d still feel like my writing could never capture your real beauty and delicateness.
Until I met you, I had never thought that I could attract a real-life Spanish belle. I feel like a mortal who’s been bound by the timeless beauty of Aphrodite when I’m with you. :D
The memories we shared make you even more beautiful. And I realized it’s because we have gone past the stage of only looking at the exterior. I have known you and how much of a good person you are.
As such, I would like to remind you on this special day how destined we seem to be for each other. I hope that you can re-appreciate these facts that make us a very lucky couple.
1.) We have the same family name. There’s true humor in the fact that our first child will be named Godric or Helena Garcia Garcia.
2.) We were both born on August. The number ‘five’ plays an uncanny role as well. I’m five years younger than you. And there are five days in between our birthdays.
3.) Although I would beg to differ, many people say that we kind of look alike. And that flatters me a little (HAHA).
4.) We met in America as exchange students, in a remote area of Ohio that’s very conducive for lovers. Ari coined it as the “Portsmouth Magic”.
5.) When you asked for rain from God as a sign to pursue your feelings for me, he gave it to you when summer has not even ended yet.
6.) We saw America together. It was exhilarating to explore New York, Miami, and Chicago with you.
7.) We were given two more hours on our flight to North Carolina when we both thought that we were parting in Huntington last December.
8.) You came here to the Philippines last March just to see me again. And I’m seeing you next week because you’re moving here.
9.) We’ve had too many romantic moments together that sometimes I feel like our life’s a movie. Remember the night of September 22.
10.) You gave up someone for me. That is perhaps the biggest sacrifice you have done for us.
Happy birthday, Marina. I still haven’t written a note about you; but I hope this will suffice for now. I love you so much and I’m sorry for having been an asshole many times.
“And even then, I’d still feel like my writing could never capture your real beauty…” :’)