So, I’m 2 ½ years out of college, and it has begun. Every time I go on Facebook or see a long-lost friend pop up on my caller ID, I know what’s coming.
Friend: “Guess what?!”
Me: (feigning surprise) “I don’t know, what?!?!?!?!”
Friend: I’m engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Cue the super-high squeal)
I really am excited for people and their engagements, really. But I have already vowed to myself that I will deliver such news (whenever that may be) withOUT the squealing.
Of course, the natural next question is always: “So, how did he pop the question?”
Now this is the part I actually enjoy. People usually fall into two camps on engagement stories: really freaking weird, or really freaking normal. And I love to find out what kind of person my friend is marrying based on the proposal.
Most of my friends have gotten engaged in restaurants, which I think is pretty unimaginative, but I see why people do it. For people who don’t like to cook, restaurants are wonderful, relaxing, and special. I don’t know, I just can’t imagine getting engaged in public. I feel like it should be low-key, intimate, and very private. But, as my middle school bus driver used to say, “different strokes for different folks.”
My sister’s husband proposed on a sand dune in a desert in India. There were camels resting nearby, and fireworks (I’m not kidding), and that night they slept in a silk tent with beaded pillows and romantic lighting. What can we glean from this? My brother-in-law is one rad dude. We also know that no matter what my future husband might do, he can’t really top this…so he probably shouldn’t even try. The only thing TO do is the exact opposite—to get engaged in the most mundane way ever. Like on a Tuesday morning over cereal. But if he puts the ring in my Cheerios, I am going to have to say no on principle.
That is one thing I’ll never understand…people burying rings IN food. One of my friend’s fiancés buried her ring in a molten chocolate cake. It seems like that puts so much undue stress on the situation…Is she going to find it? Is she going to swallow it? What if she doesn’t want dessert? Plus, if I dropped a thousand plus dollars on a brand new diamond, I would definitely not want to dip it in chocolate before giving it to someone.
Here’s a recipe for Molten Chocolate Cake, the way it should be…ring-free.