Some of our best friends just got engaged.
We threw them a little surprise party, complete with streamers and a cake that had a typo.
We ate snacks and sipped drinks and even played a “newlywed” game of sorts where you ask fun, embarrassing questions, like “Where did you have your first kiss?” And their answers had to match.
And then after the game, we went around the room and gave them advice. Three married couples sat on the couches: one has been married almost 5 years, the other, 3 years, and the other, just a year. We shared our joys and our frustrations and the little bits of wisdom that we’ve learned in a relatively short time. (Of course, one of the men raised his hand urgently to offer his advice and joked, “Don’t do it!”)
We shared about picking your battles and keeping the lines of communication open and I echoed the words of my mother-in-law who has told Matt and I so often to always “Keep the magic alive!”
I think engagement is such a special time. Like pregnancy, where you grow and plan and await the new life that is about to greet you, engagement is one of those fun life stages filled with anticipation.
So congratulations, Paul & Mary. We look forward to sharing in your new life together.