February 15, 2013 by Kat Richter
I’ve always been rather suspect of marriage proposals made on Valentine’s Day. I consider them too predictable for my high-drama tastes, too commonplace. Plus they allow the man squeak by with very little effort. I mean, what’s one more box of jewelry when the entire universe is already decked out in hearts and roses and boxes of chocolate?
That said, I have some very dear friends who got engaged on Valentine’s Day, and they don’t seem any worse for the wear… and so, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend:
It’s a lot bigger than I’d ever imagined.
And much more sparkly.
In fact, it’s the prettiest ring I’ve even owned. Unfortunately it still feels weird wearing a ring after nearly three decades of not-wearing-a-ring so I’m glad I’ll only have to wear it once a week.
Which reminds me: I’ve let out a few significant details concerning the acquisition of said ring
This time next week, I’ll be delivering the first lecture of my cultural anthropology course for a local college. The last time I check my student roster—actually the first time I checked my student roster and every other time since—I was overwhelmed by the number of male students enrolled in my course.
There are tons of them. And judging by the orientation sessions I’ve attended, I’m one of the youngest adjuncts by a good two or three decades. I made the mistake of smiling at a student who happened to be looking my way during the adjunct library orientation last week and his response—well, let’s just say I won’t be making that mistake again.
“I’m thinking of wearing a ring when I’m teaching,” I announced to TWD last week. “Like an engagement ring.”
“I would be okay with that,” he replied. His tone said that he’d be more than okay, actually.
“It’s just that I’m going to have a lot of male students,” I continued. “And I just don’t want to take any chances, you know? Plus it would be a good way to introduce my lesson on ethnology and cultural symbols. I could be like, ‘Okay students, what does this ring symbolize in our culture?’ and they’d be like ‘It’s an engagement ring!’ and I’d be like ‘SIKE! It’s a zipper pull. I bought it at Marshalls for $4.99!’”
“Wouldn’t than defeat the purpose?” TWD pointed out.
“Ummm… well yeah. I guess you’re right.”
So I’ll be leaving that part out. But I think the rest of my plan is rather genius, and I do love me a good social experiment!
(PS: If TWD had in fact proposed to me yesterday, you can bet money I’d have given myself a proper manicure before posting photographs.)