“Will you marry me?” Daniel asked his girlfriend.
“Might as well, we’re already living together,” she said, distracted by the people rushing past her.
They went back into the concert and he told his parents, “She said yes.”
“Well of course she did! Now be quiet, the show is about to start,” his mom replied.
Ok, I’m exaggerating. Maybe everyone was a little more excited than that.
But here it is, a year later, and they are no closer to getting married. The would-be-bride hides behind her frugalness with conversations like this one.
“That’s too expensive. Why should I pay someone $2,000 so that I can get married on the beach? It’s the beach, for God’s sake!”
Daniel replies, “There’s a permit to reserve the gazebo and chair rental. Someone sets up the chairs and takes them down after.”
“Let’s have the guests bring some blankets and we’ll have the ceremony real quick, so that there’s not time for anyone to call the cops on us for not having a permit. Sheez, who needs chairs for that price!” she answers.
And yet, a year later, no wedding date has been set.
Do some people really dream of someday attaining this stunning level of (non)commitment to the mediocre? I want more. I want someone who is fired up about marrying me. My preacher spoke on that in his last sermon. We should be fired up for God. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!” I’m not trying to compare myself to the Almighty, but I want some semblance of excitement in my intended, when the time comes.
I mean, just look at Sally Ann, my lovely daughter. Just don’t look too close, ‘cause Penny will hurt you!
But seriously, Penny is stronger than she looks. Stand back.
Sally and Penny were engaged last July. Sally has planned and re-planned the wedding. She has Plan A and Plan B, and a smile on her face at the thought of getting hitched if it all falls through!
I added a Plan C, for California. “Get married in Texas, however you please. Then come renew your vows on the beach,” I told her. Don’t tell the future Mrs. Daniel, but I’d happily pay $2k to see my daughter as a blushing bride on a La Jolla beach.
That’s how love should be – contagious! Everyone should want to take part! Originally they were going to wait until after she graduated with her undergraduate degree, but why wait?! When it’s right, it’s right!
I don’t know whether things will work out with Daniel and his lovely lady. After all, they may be perfectly happy fiancées forever. Or, they could decide to elope this weekend.
All I know is, I want what Sally and Penny have. I want someone who shines for me. And I want someone who lights a fire in me.
Really, it’s been too long since I’ve enjoyed a good, hot romance. And that’s ok. I’d rather have no romance, than a lukewarm one, any day!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Or, as Nadia says, Happy VD!
P.S. Gary Mathews came to visit! More on that in my next post.