Congratulations! You’re engaged! Pop the champagne and get ready to hold your left hand up, because you’re going to be showing off your ring. A lot. And you should also get ready for a barrage of questions, because you’re also going to get those. Once you get engaged, you will have the same conversation over and over again for weeks, until you have so many instances of deja vu that you begin to worry there’s a permanent glitch in the Matrix.
I should know. I just got engaged last week. And it’s been great! I’ve been so struck by the outpouring of love and excitement from friends and family. I’m very much looking forward to spending the rest of my life with the man I love, and it’s been so great to celebrate our engagement with our nearest and dearest.
I’ve also been struck by the repetition of questions. And it makes sense: there are standard protocols that come with an engagement, and people are genuinely interested in the details surrounding it. But when you’re the one providing the same information, over and over, it can get a little daunting.*