Do you ever say something, and then think to yourself, "Did I just say that?"? I had one of those experiences the other day.
I was talking to a nice young couple at church who just got engaged. They were telling the story of how he proposed in Yosemite, and I told them a story about how I thought Jon was going to propose in Yosemite, but he didn't.(See bottom for that story.) So, it came up that I have hiked Half Dome, and they were very impressed. Then I told them that I have actually done Half Dome four times, and they were very impressed. After I said it, I felt worried that it sounded like I was bragging, so I quickly tried to downplay it by saying, " You know how everyone wants to do it? Well, I'm just the person they did it with..." What??!! Are we still talking about Half Dome?? I broke the awkwardness(I think) by admitting how weird that sounded, and we all laughed(awkwardly).
If you are wondering about my Yosemite story...it was about a month before we actually got engaged. We had been looking at rings, and I had a feeling it was coming. We had a trip to Yosemite planned, and if you know Jon, then you probably know that Yosemite would be a perfect place for him to propose. So, I tortured myself all weekend, expecting him to get down on one knee at every turn, and practicing the surprised yet joyous expression I would wear as I said "Yes!".
It didn't happen the first two days, but not to worry, we still had our big Half Dome hike, and what better place to do it...
I will just skip to the point now. Picture us, having just reached the top, lying on a massive rock, sun shining brightly, birds chirping, you get the idea...perfect right? Then Jon looked over at me. My heart stopped. This was it. "Oh! I almost forgot," he said. " There's something I've been saving just for this moment..." He reached into his pocket. This is it. With the word yes on the tip of my tongue, Jon pulled half of a Powerbar out of his pocket with a huge grin. Of course. A Powerbar. He had been saving it. I knew that.
I did wind up telling him that I had thought he was going to propose, and he felt badly. Believe it or not, he was not even trying to tease me, but honestly was just excited to have half of a Powerbar left.
He proposed about a month later, and it was worth the wait.