Tuesday, July 3, 2012
All the Single Ladies!
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.
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?