Dear Bruce (written by Perla),
I decided to send our photograph to your prestigious introduction service, TLC Worldwide, Inc. I wanted to find the man of my dreams. I received many letters (about thirty) from American gentlemen.
Then one day I received a letter that was very special. It arrived in January 2000. When I read the first few lines I was captivated and of course I wrote back quickly. I sent a Valentine’s Day card to the gentleman, one with hearts and music.
The days passed and finally, in March I received a second letter. It was friendly and sincere, and there were photos as well. I felt that he would be more than a friend. It was a day in early spring. In the greeting card there was an Easter bunny, and he asked if I wanted to be his bunny. Of course, I said “yes” in my next letter.
About six months after we began writing and visiting on the phone, he sent me a special letter filled with love and hope. He said that he would soon come to Mexico and meet me in person. This was marvelous news as a personal visit would be crucial to our relationship.
Finally in October came the day of his arrival at the airport. I believed that our love would now be a reality. I will always remember that day with a little poem he wrote for me:
Quiero venir a tu casa para verla,
Y en mis brazos conocerla,
Tu eres me conejita, Perla.
This translates as I want to come to your house to see you and hold you in my arms and get to know you; you are my little bunny, Perla.” I had discovered a loving poet. The days passed quickly, like the wink of an eye. We savored the time together for a week and then he returned to the United States. Sadness invaded my heart, yet we had our love to help us bear the waiting while we were far from each other.
He returned to Mexico many times over the following two years. He was with me and my family for Christmas 2000 and we were married in May of 2001. We then waited for my Visa to go to his home in California.
I believed God sent Al to me to give him a second chance at life. He was married before, but I had not been. I ask God that he will be my one and only true love.
Sincerely, Al & Perla; Los Molinos, CA