Photo by the wonderful Melanie Mauer, Bryant Park, NYC
So - after meeting for the first time, Danny sent me flowers. :)
And you can see in his notes here why this man thinks there is such a thing as "The Language of Love." Danny believes that you can intentionally and very sincerely see the good in people and verbalize it. It's something he has worked to develop as one of his mentors is the same way. Danny doesn't just offer this to me. He sees the good in everyone around him. And it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
Here's a few more emails from our 'Love Story' series....
Melanie Mauer, Bryant Park, NYC
OH MY GOSH !!!!!!
Danny, a flower delivery is on it's way up to my door........ :) :) :)
So, regarding the delivery....I went looking for an appropriate gift for you early last week, and found this beautiful arrangement. I intended for them to arrive on Friday prior to my arrival, but didn’t realize how long in advance I would have had to place the order to make it there on time, so it’s a little bit late…sorry. I loved the arrangement for its beauty, and also symbolism. The white lilies are symbols of magnificent beauty (a tribute to you), and also humility and reverence (symbolic of how I [and you] have felt towards God as this relationship has miraculously unfolded). The orange roses are symbolic of energy, warmth, enthusiasm, confidence, satisfaction and a passion for life (all constant undercurrents of our writing to each other and the way we live, and want to live, our lives).
Anyway, I hope they are as beautiful as they were online!
Photo by Melanie Mauer, Bryant Park, NYC
then later that afternoon....
So, there is so much to say....where do I begin? How about an I LOVE YOU! I couldn't wait for those flowers to get to you. At first I was disappointed when I realized they wouldn't arrive before I came. And the thought occurred to me that ordering them anyway to arrive late might not be the best in the event that for some reason the spark hadn't been there. But, I realized I didn't care! I wanted you to receive them no matter what! I was too grateful, I loved you too much not to send them, even if it only ended up being a token of appreciation. I'm sooo happy that our weekend was indeed amazing, and that those flowers get to represent more than just appreciation.
As for a quick meet-up between Boston and New York....um...yes please! haha. I'd drive to meet you half way somewhere if it meant I could at least have dinner with you, even if it meant I'd eventually have to tear myself away from you a few hours later as we both drive back to our homes. Even better if you were able to come out for Sat/Sun!!! I'll take whatever I can get! I'll come pick you up if you need me too!
Mara....darling....love....I become more convinced each day that I must be one of the luckiest men alive. Goodness!
Some things that I came to love about you after our weekend~
-I loved the look on your face when you ran out of your car to meet me, and the way you held me...it's like I really was yours
-I love that I felt that same way each time you hugged/touched me thereafter.
-I love your truly good heart, that I can tell you desire to lift up not only me, but everyone else you encounter
-I love your sense of style (both furnishings and clothing...so cool)
-I love your spinach infused shakes and your perfectly undercooked ginger snaps (that they're still soft as I eat them right now is a tribute to your cookie skills)
-I love you for being the kind of woman that can recognize the miracles that have shaped your life, and for being in tune enough for God to reach right out to you
-I love the way you encourage my dreams and express your confidence in me
-I love the way you bury your nose in my neck when you hug me :)
-I love that your TV isn't even hooked up right now!
-I love that your home feels like home
-I loved your city (both NY and Brooklyn) and I loved seeing it through your eyes.
-I love that the nature of your character that I came to admire so much in email just shined in your every word and action.
-I love that all too cute smile, the slight narrowing of your eyes when your happy, those cheekbones and that magnificent curly hair, and yes...I'll just say it....every bit of you! Wow!
-Most of all, I loved listening to some conference talks with you. I love it that you enjoy being uplifted and taught. And I loved just sitting by your side sharing it with you.
-Finally, well...I love you!
Thank you for still being as excited about all of this as I am. Thank you for wanting to see me tonight, just like I'm dying to see you. Thank you for thinking about ways to fit me in even if it might be entirely inconvenient. Thank you for making every day a great one!
Goodnight love. Thinking of you always!
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