Man proposes to fiancee in pumpkin patch
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com October 24, 2013 8:58PM
Jason Mazzorana, of Mokena, proposed to Angie Wasso, of Frankfort, in the pumpkin patch at Bengtson's Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen. | Susan DeMar Lafferty~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:44AM
Yes, Linus, perhaps dreams really do come true in a great pumpkin patch.
Preschool teacher Angie Wasso, of Frankfort, said that on Wednesday night she dreamed she got engaged three times.
The next day, Thursday, while she and other teachers took students from the Algonquin Primary Center in Park Forest on a field trip to Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen, her boyfriend Jason Mazzorana popped the question.
With a group of 3- and 4-year-old preschoolers as their witnesses, Mazzorana got down on one knee and proposed to Wasso, and presented her with her mother’s diamond engagement ring. Who could say no to that?
Certainly not Wasso, who said she was shaking and “in shock” afterward.
With the help of Anna Bengtson, Mazzorana, of Mokena, arranged his special moment a few weeks in advance, made a sign and decorated a pumpkin, which was waiting for Wasso when she and her preschoolers arrived in the pumpkin patch after watching the pig races.
Mazzorana helped out with her class last year when they came to Bengtson’s.
“We both love Halloween and we both love kids,” he said, explaining why he chose this site.
But he also wanted to catch her off guard and surprise her, which is difficult to do, he said.
“I knew she would have so many distractions today because she was in work mode,” he said.
“Oh, my God. I’m in shock,” Wasso said. “I couldn’t figure out why he wanted me to come here (to the pumpkin patch) so badly. I was headed for the corn maze. I didn’t want to carry pumpkins around all day.”
She still wasn’t sure why she was there until her beau told her to look around. Then she noticed the sign he made that read, “Angie will you marry me?” which was decorated with hearts he proudly made himself.
She was also surprised that he was able to get her mother’s ring out of her jewelry box without her noticing it was gone.
But the night before, Wasso said, she dreamed three times she got engaged, but the faces in her dreams were not clear.
“I guess I dreamed that because I watched ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and someone got engaged on the show,” she said.
What if she said, “No?”
Mazzorana was prepared for that as well. After she said “yes,” he handed her a note with a scowling candy corn face on it that read, “If you don’t say ‘yes’ I will be forced to have crunchy eyebrows!”
“I always say that to my students,” Wasso said. “I tell them they can’t come in my classroom with crunchy eyebrows (a sad face).”