I'm engaged, so I figure I know a little something about this topic. There are a few things you experience while engaged that you most likely will never experience again in life. Like really ridiculous questions, for example. The people asking these questions are usually just kidding around, but after the 100th time of being asked them, they are no longer funny. Come to think of it, after about the second time around they are no longer funny. Here are a few I've heard one too many times:
- "Getting cold feet?" - This question is usually followed by a chuckle. My response is usually "No." But what if my answer was, "Yes", what then? Is the question no longer funny? In case you just asked yourself, "Where did that phrase come from?" and you are curious, here's the origin of that phrase "cold feet".
- "Are you nervous?" - Why would I be nervous months before? Excited, maybe, but nervous? Nervousness usually comes shortly before or during an event, not months before. Or weeks for that matter.
- "Are you getting excited?" - No, I'm bored.
- "Having second thoughts?" - If I was, would I just come right out and say it as you attempt to engage me in small talk? How unstable would that be? How awkward would you feel if I turned your small talk into a therapist session?
- "You can still back out!" - True. And you can stop pestering me with your not so funny, not so serious, questions and remarks.
- "You're too young to get married!" - At 2 months shy of 30, I haven't had anyone say this to me. But, my fiancee has heard it. So I'm going to answer this with a question. What is the magical age that everyone is ready for marriage?
There are others, but I think you get the drift. I am just thankful we didn't take the long engagement route, or I would be pulling my hair out by now.
Of course, once I'm married I am sure I'll grow weary of, "So, how's married life?" I'm already working on a good comeback.
*Thanks goes to Megan Loftin for the idea for this post. I've been experiencing some writer's block of late.