She Said Yes

getattachment.jpgIsn’t this a happy looking couple? And isn’t yes a beautiful word? Truly, it is. It’s a word of affirmation to life, to love, to happiness, to involvement, to zest…to everything good. In fact, I like it so much that when my friend Connie and I decided to come up with one word that we would use to guide our actions this year, yes was my word.  But I’m getting a little away from my purpose in writing this post.

 On my son’s birthday, he called to give me some good and some bad news. “What do you want to hear first, Mom? The bad or the good?” 

 “The bad. Let’ s get it over with and then move on to something good, ” I replied. 

He hesitated a moment and then told me that Amanda was no longer his girlfriend. For half a second my heart stood still, but I sensed that something was up. After all, he didn’t seem too distressed. Here’ s why. The good news was that Amanda is now his fiancee, his future wife and eternal companion. I knew he had the ring and was waiting for just the right moment to pop the question. I also knew that he had talked with her parents earlier that day and that the meeting had gone well. What I didn’t know was when the proposal would take place.

I’d write more, but I don’t want to embarrass the young couple. I’ll just say that I’m happy that Amanda said yes and that I can think of no one more perfect for Paul. She’s like satin, something I wrote about in an August post. She’s kind, gentle, good, pretty, tender, refined, happy, mannerly, sweet, modest, smart, and loving. She’s a young woman with “her head on straight,” who knows who she is and where she’s going.  Amanda’s satin…just like my daughters, and I’m glad my son knows quality when he sees it.


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

9 thoughts on “She Said Yes”

  1. CowGal, I knew I could count on something a little unique from you. This is great advice because I’m sure they’re going to hear things like always put the other person first, make sure God is the third person in your marriage, and keep the romance in your marriage…all of which are excellent ideas. Yet, when it comes to the day to day living, we’ve got to be practical. Who’s night is it to prepare the Ramen noodles??

    And while I’m on my soapbox, if the other person cooks, be grateful and complimentary. I recently attended the 50th anniversary celebration of a great couple, and the “bride” said that after all those decades, she had still not learned to cook the way her hubby wanted her to. There was ALWAYS a little something she needed to do like add a tad more pepper or cook it a little longer or whatever. Although she was upbeat about it, I could tell that she was still a bit annoyed.

  2. That’s funny about the elder couple but kinda sad too that he never learned to just be happy she was still willing to cook for him…
    I am so thrilled for Paul & Amanda and that you love her as a daughter!
    I hear so (very) often about people putting children or the family they supposedly have left (not in the literal sense) ahead of the spouse. Please never let that happen and never let it become known that it’s an issue and one should not have to be the “bad cop” all the time.
    On cooking, I grew up in a family with a dad who was an excellent cook and baker! Can you imagine making eclairs from scratch for a family of 10?
    I pray that God will Bless You Abundantly and with Many Happy Years, Paul & Amanda!

  3. I know what you mean about the anniversary couple. Once in a while my husband will make what he perceives to be a “helpful” comment about my cooking, and I almost always get a little perturbed. I tell him (and I sincerely mean this) that I’d be so grateful if someone prepared something for me that I’d eat it and try to savor every morsel.

    Paul and Amanda. Yes, I’m very happy, and yes, I already love her as a daughter. About putting others ahead of the spouse, it’s so unfortunate when I see that happening. Both of them have been taught about the importance of cleaving unto one another. I’d go into that more, but well, maybe another time.

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