Friday, June 26, 2009

My Second Engagement Ring

After yesterday's post, I realize I may have left you with the impression that I've been planning my wedding for the past 6 months with a bubble gum wrapper on my left hand. Not so, dear reader! Mr. 16th addressed that situation, but it did take a little longer than expected.

After his spontaneous proposal, he confessed that ring shopping was already moving a little faster than he had let on. The diamond was on hold and the setting already ordered. It looked like I could have my ring in about a week! But no, there were delays and obstacles along the way. The first setting he chose was discontinued and they couldn't get my size. He changed it to something very similar (that I actually like more!) and then we had to wait for a new special order all over again.

Now, I wholeheartedly do not believe that an engagment happens only via a diamond ring. You can be perfectly, happily engaged with any number of things, or nothing at all, to symbolize your commitment. We had decided, however, to follow the tradition of him giving me a big ol' pretty diamond ring. And, since that decision had been made - I wanted my ring!

So I waited, not at all patiently, for my ring to be ready. When he left for work one morning, which just happened to be Valentine's Day, I asked tentatively, "Do you think it may be ready?" But he assured me that no, it wouldn't be ready, and he was really sorry and eager to get it too. "Oh, it's OK," I joked, "we're not the kind of people who get engaged on Valentine's Day anyway." By this I mean we are cynical and jaded.

So Mr. 16th came home that night and came into the kitchen, where I was preparing a lovely Bayou BBQ Shrimp dish that must be eaten with a fresh baguette and an entire roll of paper towels for the mess. He held up a jewelry box with a twinkle in his eye and said that he had a little present for me, even though my ring wasn't ready. I grabbed it and tore the box open to find . . . two miniature Hershey's dark chocolate candies. Oh. Thanks. I laughed and tried to hide my shattered hopes from him. To distract myself, I turned back to the kitchen to feed the dog. When I turned back around, dog food bag in hand, he had the biggest smile on his face and was holding a box with the perfect engagement ring.

The dog food bag hit the floor and I flew into his arms. I know it's not the ring that makes the engagement, but I sure do love that ring!

I guess maybe I am the kind of girl who gets an engagement ring on Valentine's Day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh! I love your ring! It looks a lot like mine. :)

Friday, June 26, 2009 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Taryn said...

Your ring is absolutely gorgeous!! Congratulations...I wouldn't have been able to wait so patiently. LOL!

Friday, June 26, 2009 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I actually got engaged on Valentine's Day even though I always said I thought that would be cheesy but it was kind of a spontaneous thing. My fiance actually apologized afterwards for the fact that he did it on Vday. Of course I didn't mind and at least it's an easy date to remember.

Love your ring!

Friday, June 26, 2009 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I agree with everyone else - love your ring. We got engaged on Feb 12, Mr. OBXs birthday is Feb 13, and Vday, is of course, Feb 14 - I think it just guarantees us a weekend of celebrating every year!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:47:00 AM  

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