I’m still in shock, 24 hours later. Mr Never-get-married officially out did himself. He said he’s been thinking about it for the last year, and seriously planning it for the last few months. He initially wanted to propose somewhere spectacular and get down on one knee (somehow). But really, that’s too traditional, so it couldn’t possibly have happened that way. Proposing while laying in bed, where we could snuggle and giggle (and cry) privately was priceless.
His “clues” about my present really threw me off the trail. He said the gift might last me until I’m 40. He said it had many parts to add onto it in the future, like a GoPro. He kept saying he was worried that I may not like it (understandably so, as I never wanted a ring). And for never wanting a ring, I sure do love it! Now that I have it, along with the proposed commitment it represents, I realize that I never fully understood how magical this could be.
The first person I called was my Dad. Of course, already loving Nick as a son, he said, “It’s about time! I am so happy!” Also adding, “he bought himself a cheap nurse.” Guess Dad forgets just how expensive I can be! Don’t worry Daddy, I won’t let him get off cheap!
Next I phoned Nicks Mom. She cried and expressed that our engagement is “a dream come true!” To hear her say that we are “perfect together” and that she couldn’t have received better news, means the world to me. I never imagined feeling so welcome into their family. It feels really good.
We’ve received some funny reactions to the news. The following names have been changed to protect the innocent.
One of my favorites came from my friend Fitch Brimm. He wrote, “You said yes… really! That dude’s been in bed most of the year and he doesn’t have a job! It’s a good thing he finally proposed. If he didn’t marry you soon we were all gonna beat him about his thick skull with one of his new titanium legs!”
Another favorite came from my friend Slim Lomita. She said, “You got my dream proposal. Might as well have my dream wedding too!” She also exclaimed, “This gives hope to women everywhere!”
My friend Lassie DeNero said, “Of all our friends, you guys were the last ones I thought would get engaged.”
Our recently engaged friend Nanna Jetts said something like, “You muppet, how did you NOT think it was going to be a ring?!” Well, because I was blinded by the clues, and I wanted a damn Xbox!
About the gift suspense, I received this text from my friend Wazza Windwater, “Inquiring minds need to know… Saul wants to know if it’s something he can eat, I want to know if it’s something I can borrow and Moe wants to know if it’s something inflatable, so, wtf is it?!”
And lastly Nicks brother Seth said, ” I am bubbling over with excitement, happiness, joy and pride to know that we are becoming brother and sister and that you are committing to grow old with your soul mate. You two have hearts of gold and I love you two forever!”
I plan to soak up this excitement as long as possible. Yet, there will be no extravagant wedding. Actually there will be no wedding at all until he’s up and walking freely again. He’s not going to be “wheeling down the aisle” with me. Rehab comes first. Getting our life back is second. Then we can worry about getting married. I still have my priorities ya know!
Thank you to everyone for the support, kind words and genuine excitement over this happy time in our lives. We love and appreciate you!