Ahh, ’tis the time for hopeless romantics. Hope springs eternal, they say, and that is never more true than it is with love. Even when we’ve been burned once or twice (or three times, or…keep counting, I know) all it takes is someone’s true tale of love found to melt our hearts like the spring thaw. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I went snooping for good love stories that might exist right under my nose.
Well, ladies and gentleman, I found one.
I recently spoke to Britta Dreckmann, who acts as manager of our customer relations call center. She just celebrated her one year anniversary with us on February 9, as well as an anniversary of another kind. I’ll allow her to explain:
Well, I had just gotten out of a long relationship and I was in Montreal and feeling very alone. All my friends were already coupled or married. I had just started working at American Airlines and had this awful 4am shift at the airport. There was another woman who worked with me, Joanne, and we started carpooling together. It wasn’t long before we became good friends.
Then one day when I was at her house and looking through her family photo albums. She turned the page and all of a sudden there was this man in a blue sweater looking right at me. I can’t tell you what it was about this photo but all of a sudden I had butterflies in my stomach. I asked “Joanne, who IS that?”
At this point I’m already acting giddy like a school girl, and that’s really not a normal part of me. It turns out it was Joanne’s brother-in-law, Antonio. He was working in Italy at the time and just getting out of a marriage. Being the good girl that I am, I tried to put it out of my mind, but I just kept flipping back to that photo. I couldn’t stop looking at it. Finally I said, “Joanne, I have to meet this man” “He’s twelve years older than you!” she says. “It doesn’t matter, I have to meet him”
A few weeks later, we set up a meeting. I’m there with Joanne, and as we’re approaching the restaurant, I see the back of his head. I’ve never even met this man, but somehow I know it’s him even from the back of his head. I’m so nervous I think I might pass out. He turns around. He’s wearing the same blue sweater from the photo and he gives me the same look. Somewhere inside myself I hear this voice that tells me that’s the man I’m going to marry.”
The funny part is that a few years later when these lovebirds were shopping for wedding bands a friend recommended a nice online Jeweler called (can you guess it?) Ice.com. So she and Antonio picked out their rings, and we got to be a part of her love story, even before she came to be a part of our team.
You can see Britta’s engagement ring, she calls it “quite simple, but definitely me!”
As for what’s on her wish list this Valentine’s Day (Antonio, are you listening?), she loves this cultured pearl ring and two kinds of diamond earrings, these half carat diamond hoops and these elegant diamond studs, but both absolutely classic looks.