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After my engagement surprise, I felt a strange new closeness not only to Patrick, but to his family. I only felt more excited when his father called to congratulate me.

I must preface the following conversation by explaining the relationship I have with my future father in law. He and I could sit on the couch and share some chocolate until, well, until we ran out of chocolate. Then he’d talk to me about investing and saving my money and not buying frivolous things and then we would both be distracted by something on the television. We’d watch for almost an hour before getting bored and going our separate ways to fall asleep in the middle of the afternoon. I admit that a relationship such as this is lacking in complexity, but that’s ok with me. I really enjoy him, even the side of him that seems like a bully because underneath I know how much he loves his wife and his kids and me. And I know that the kind of love he has for all of us is contingent upon our accepting of his sound financial advice, living by it and being forever grateful. Kidding. Mostly.

“Welcome to the family!”

“Thank you! You’ve always made me feel as though I was a part of your family.”

“Well, I treat you as badly as I treat everyone else, and now that you’ve started treating me as mean as everyone else treats me, I guess it’s official.

“HAHA! Well, thank you.”

“Do you like the ring?”

“It’s absolutely perfect. I love it so much. It makes me feel like even more of a part of the family that the stones are family diamonds.”

“Well, don’t lose it. And don’t lose any more crock pots.”

Whitney

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