The Way We Were
in september ABN and i will celebrate our 5 year anniversary. that makes me feel old. it also makes me feel awesome because, well, i’m not sure if i’ve done anything consistently for 5 years. except watch every season of THE REAL WORLD. but that’s a lot less awesome. and mostly just makes me feel old.
before we could get married, we had to get engaged and with my favorite (and only, but even if she wasn’t my only, she’d still be my favorite – don’t tell any future partner of my now-single brother) sister-in-law recently engaged,it’s got me thinking about that special time in our lives.
i’ll spare you the long, drawn-out, when-is-he-ever-going-to-get-around-to-proposing story – clearly, it worked out – and instead just say – it involved a long walk, a lake, camp stories, some chapstick and a bottle of wine. also, you can read more about everything HERE
but my favorite part of the story is this – in a totally uncharacteristic of ABN move – he talked to my parents about his plan to propose. he didn’t quite ask permission (that had basically been granted after date #1) but he called the day before to let my parents know that an engagement was imminent so they best get ready (and ready they got – legend has it my mom and dad stayed up late into the evening putting together an imaginary guest list. i come from a long line of planners….N E way…). my dad makes a point to remind me, as often as possible, that the conversation went something like this:
ABN: so….[ABN says so...A.LOT]…as you know liz and i have been together a long time
ABN: so…i love her very much
ABN: i have loved her almost every day since we’ve been together and i know i want to spend the rest of my life with her
MY DAD: almost everyday? us too! he gets it!
and with that my parents knew we were meant to be
because, dear readers, honesty really is the best policy