The amusement park is a place full of fun. It has perfect amusement rides, shooting gallery, stuffed animals, balloons, ice cream, cotton candy, corndogs, and souvenir shop. It is a place of adventure and excitement. But not for Rita. Rita had polio when she was only a year old. Although she survived, the polio affected the development of her lower limbs. She’ll never be able to stand or walk. She’s forever confined to her wheelchair.
Rita never had the chance to ride the carousel. Legs are required to straddle the horse. She never played with bump cars. Legs are required to step on the pedal. Amusement parks always have children and teenagers running about and jugglers everywhere. It is a dangerous place, indeed, for someone who cannot dodge or run to safety. Rita avoided major rides Melbourne and never went to the amusement park.
Nevertheless, Rita is a beautiful person, inside and out. She also talented at organizing events. In fact, she’s an event and festival services provider. She runs the business with several people doing the legwork.She has a loving family, a successful enterprise, and a set of loyal friends. The only thing missing in Rita’s life is romance. Despite all that she has achieved, Rita doesn’t believe that romance is possible in her life. Who could love a cripple?
Bernard was among the guests in a party managed by Rita’s event and festival services business. Rita was there to oversee her staff’s work. During the party, she was sitting at a table at the far end of the hall. Bernard was enthralled by her quiet beauty. He approached her wanting to ask if she’d like to dance. As he got closer, he noticed for the first time the chair she was sitting on. Unsure what to do next, Bernard asked if she’d like some company. Polite as always, Rita invited him to sit and offered him pastries. They introduced themselves and started talking. Rita’s wit and sense of humor fascinated Bernard more. They spent the rest of the evening talking and laughing. The following morning, a bouquet of lavender roses was waiting for Rita at the office. The handwritten note says: “I’m glad I met you. You’re a mystery to me. I don’t understand why I’m drawn to you. But I’d like to find out. Will you see me again?” There are Bernard’s number at the back of the note with the words, CALL ME, PLEASE.Bernard’s honesty and courage touched Rita. That was the beginning of their love story. Six months into their relationship, Bernard took her to an amusement park and together boarded the Ferris wheel. When they were at the very top, it stopped. Bernard knelt down and presented Rita with a ring. “Rita, you’re the tallest woman here. I’ll be the happiest man if you’d say yes. Please marry me.”
Today, they are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary.