Friday night something dreadfully exciting happened. When I came in the back door of the Family Homestead (Mom had invited me over to dinner with our new parish priest – a very interesting young man from Uganda), Dad met me at the door. After giving me a hug, he said, “I have something to tell you.” He looked so serious that I was worried for a moment. Then he smiled, that little mischief smile I’ve seen all my life. “Sae’s engaged!” he said, and I started to grin.
I have to admit, this is not totally unexpected. I’ve liked Mr. T since I first met him the day I moved in with Rosie and Johnnycakes. It’s been a treat watching the two of them grow closer and closer to one another, and a joy seeing how perfectly Mr. T fits in with our family. No family party is complete without him and Fleur. I knew that he had been ready to propose a lot earlier in the relationship (when the man knows, he knows), but Sae needed more time to be sure. I had thought that it might happen around Christmas or maybe Thanksgiving, so I was a little surprised. True to form, Mr. T didn’t make a big fuss about things, just called Sae out to the living room of her apartment, knelt down, asked the question, and produced the ring. Sae said, sounding a little surprised, “And there I was, barefoot, with messy hands from cheese making.” (Making cheese is one of Sae’s hobbies.) It was kind of adorable.
Needless to say, our dinner with the new parish priest was a little distracted. Text messages and phone calls were flying as the news spread through the family. Sae sent us a picture of the ring, and everyone sighed happily over it. When I talked to AnniPotts she pointed out that now Mr. T could come with us on Family Vacation. “Fleur too!” I said, “Can you imagine a whole week of Fleur?!” When I told Indy she shrieked and jumped with glee, and then started happily contemplating the huge pile of Martha Stewart Weddings back issues she’s accumulated. I remembered the 1200 yards of white baby angora lace-weight thread I bought in Wisconsin, and started thinking of all the pretty wedding shawls or perhaps even veils it could make. Poor Fr. Joshua couldn’t compete.
But then, I think we were all so happy he didn’t mind that we were rather distracted.
In other news, I had my second interview for the job my Fairy Corporate Recruiter Godmother found for me. I think it went very well. The two ladies I interviewed with seemed to like me very much, and at the end of the interview, asked the question I’d been hoping for: “When could you start?” They said that they still have a couple of interviews to go, but that hopefully I would hear from them at the end of this week or the beginning of the next. So perhaps next week I might have some very good news of my own to share. Not that it would compare with the great happiness that is Sae’s engagement, but still…