Wow, am so thankful to be surrounded by such a creative community! Check this painting out by Peter Williams, a fantastically talented artist who lives in Leiston, England.
A year ago, I got engaged to my fiancé, Jonathan. We were uncharacteristically sitting at a hooka bar when he told me that when I was ready, he would marry me, “no matter if it’s one year from now, five years, ten years, or even twenty.” (Insert SWOON!)
I couldn’t believe what had just happened. For a few days I existed inside a surreal bubble filled with love, rainbows, lemonade and big red balloons (Jonathan was like, “does this imaginary happy place really have to be a little kid carnival? This is kind of creepy.” And I was like, “YEP. Live with it, sucker! You’re mine now!”) I have never been more elated in my life.
And then the buzz kill came when I told my parents.
I imagine a day many years from now when I’ll be able to fully appreciate the parallel between my life and the countless comedy films with “wedding” and “parents” in the storyline. But right now, things are still a little raw. Basically, my huge Life Step marched right onto a land mine. My engagement triggered all the hidden issues my family and I had been ignoring.