I went camping last weekend, and 4-wheeling again, with a buncha new friends. They are friends of The Boy (Clint), and I'm still getting to know most of them. Things are warming up nicely, thank you very much.
On Saturday evening, Clint and I, along with another couple, Angie & Ryan, walked over to listen to live music. Shortly after we got situated, the band took a break, Angie wandered off somewhere, I noticed something odd: Clint and Ryan were whispering.
Whispering? Whispering men!?!!
Something is definitely up when men are whispering, and I was having nothing to do with it! I stuck my big fat nose right in there and said "What in the hell are you guys talking about?" Because, as I said, these are new friends, and their business is my business, right?
When I was told to never me mind, I knew.
Live Music. Men Whispering. Ryan checking his pocket every few minutes.
I put a hand under each of their chins and threatened to clunk their heads together if they didn't fess up what I'd already figured out. Once I got a confession, I set about whispering my own self, and making sure that all of the other friends dragged their chairs over, and that there was a camera present and that I knew how to turn it on, and then...
...trying to act natural by the time Angie got back.
The break was over, and the band began playing, but paused to ask everyone to look North, toward the stars.
When they did, they found Clint with a microphone, introducing 2 of his best friends to the crowd.
Next time something like this happens, I'll make sure to compose all of the players so they all fit in the photo. What you can't see lower left, in the above picture, is Angie's smiling sweetly, wondering what in the heck Clint's doing with a microphone.
Before she could process it all, Clint had announced that Ryan had a question for Angie; she turned to find him in front of her, down on one knee.
He did it! He asked her, with his best friends, and a band, and a few hundred strangers present.
And there was some applause, and all of the women cried along with Angie, and there was much hugging and nose-blowing and laughing, and oh! it was just wonderful.
So, Clint's long-time friends, and my new friends are engaged. I'm so glad I was there to share their moment—hey! They'll someday be my long-time friends too, and I can say I was there! Yes! We are building memories!
And this one will never be forgotten.