Tuesday, July 3, 2012

All the Single Ladies!

by Tally Jones
from Wendy Lyn Watson's Mysteries a la Mode

My niece Alice spent a solid month dancing around the Remember the A-la-mode to some bouncy pop song calling out to all the single ladies.  Even Alice admitted it was a silly song, and she busted up laughing every time she sang it, but it was a catchy ditty.  Pretty soon, Bree and I were humming along with her, and even Kyle Mason--trying hard to be the macho man around my darling niece--would bob his head in time to the tune.


Again, a silly song if ever there was one, but there's a line:  "If you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it."

Well, girls and boys, that's starting to sound like some mighty good advice.  I've been dating my beau, Finn Harper, steady now for almost a year, and I'm starting to wonder if he'll ever "put a ring on it."  "It" being my finger, in case you didn't know.

I guess I understand his reluctance.  After all, the first time we dated, he was ready to run off with me into the sunset, and I dumped him right there in the Tasty Swirl parking lot.  And the second time we dated, well, he was right on the verge of popping the question when--you guessed it--I dumped him again.  (To be fair, I had a really, really good reason that second time.)

Third time's the charm, right?

Ha!  Like I said, I can completely understand why he might be skittish about proposing.  Once bitten, twice shy ... and three times terrified.

But I confess, I really want us to get hitched.  We've worked through some of the worst troubles a couple could possibly have, and we've come out stronger on the other side.  And while I love my niece, I wouldn't mind having a little one of my own; for reasons too complicated to explain here, I won't do that outside the bounds of holy matrimony.  So I need Finn to fish or cut bait.

Preferably fish.

Unless ...

Unless this time, I pop the question.  I'm a traditional girl, but hand to God I'm tempted to ask Finn Harper to be my groom.

What do you think?  Should I be the modern woman and ask Finn to marry me?  Or should I wait until he gets over his case of nerves and asks me?  What would you do?



 


7 comments:

  1. take the bull by the horns girl....ask him already. we have not seen that yet in a cozy....would set a strong independent woman precedent

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  2. Tally, honey, I think after dumping him twice on the verge of a proposal you're going to have to ask him. He's as skittish as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs at this point.

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  3. Tally, I don't think you should *ask* him to marry you. Tell him he is!

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  4. Ask him or rather I like Edna's response, tell him that you are both getting married. So, when's the wedding?

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  5. Are you serious? Of course, ask him! Poor guy's probably too scared to try a third time and possibly with good cause.

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  6. Make a plan, book the flight to Vegas and get the licence... it's the only way he's going to take a chance!!

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  7. I'm seeing consensus here ... love it!

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