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Last month, MassDOT invited readers to share stories of romances that bloomed and grew at Boston South Station. As it turns out, Cupid does strike on the train and bus.

Beginning today, MassDOT will post a story every day through Valentine’s Day. We hope you enjoy these heartwarming stories of love, marriage, and of course … South Station.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Taking Her Breath Away

Although Dinah Shepherd and Nick Thompson had discussed marriage several times while dating, Nick was determined that the actual proposal would come as a total surprise to Dinah. It was Valentine’s Day 2002, and Dinah was about to board a bus to Philadelphia to visit college friends.

Nick left work early and met Dinah at South Station to see her off.  As they waited for the bus to board at Gate 3, Nick offered Dinah a breath mint. Slightly offended at such a sendoff, Dinah rebuffed the offer.

But Nick persisted, insisting she really needed a mint. Finally, Dinah relented and opened the box, only to find an engagement ring. Totally unsuspecting, she “freaked out a little bit, said yes, and got on the bus.” Confined on a five-hour bus ride in the pre-cell phone era, Dinah exuberantly shared her story with strangers and “wrote down how excited I was on the back of a paper bag because I had nothing else to write on.”

Excusing what some might consider an insult as a way to propose, Nick said he “needed a moment that would have some romance to it when she absolutely would not see it coming, and that is where South Station fit perfectly.”

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Photo: Today, Nick and Dinah live in Jamaica Plain with their two young sons.

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