I always get excited and emotional about weddings. I just finished shedding tears of joy and staring blankly into space while reminiscing my days of free dating and singleness. This sudden burst of poignancy came in the wake of my friend's engagement announcement.
Even before I saw the names on the announcement, I knew who it was from and who the likely engaged couple was. My friend Bryan already told me a couple of months ago that he was beginning to feel that he had really found "the one" in Jodi, his girlfriend of almost two years. I had joked to him before that if ever he decided to take the plunge and tie the knot, I was saving The Knot coupon codes which he could use to avail of the best deals and the greatest savings in all his wedding preparations.
Of course, I was only half joking when I told him about those The Knot coupons I was saving for him. The thought of him eventually proposing to Jodi had crossed my mind, but I negated it with my image of Bryan as the self-confessed playboy who enjoyed dating indiscriminately and shunned the idea of commitment.
That's just how I remember Bryan - always the happy-go-lucky guy who enjoyed his freedom from any kind of commitment. When he met Jodi in a grocery store and instantly got attracted to her, he started dating her regularly.
I remember he had called me on the phone to rave about how wonderful he thought Jodi was, and I thought it was just a phase he would eventually get over with in no more than four months. When I asked him if he was getting serious with her after their seventh month together, he said he still wasn't sure and that he was just enjoying their great time together.
When they celebrated their first year together, I asked Bryan again and told her I still had those The Knot promo codes for him, but the only answer I got was "I think I love her." When we had a heart-to-heart talk over the phone a couple of months ago, he told me that Jodi was "the one" for him. He said that he had been doing a lot of thinking lately.
And as I stared happily, but still half-disbelievingly, at their engagement announcement, I couldn't help but cry because it was indeed a proof that Bryan has changed. He's now engaged and he's now willing to take the next important step in his life - that is to embrace the kind of commitment that he had enjoyed dodging throughout his playboy years. I really need to find those The Knot promotional codes now because the time has come for them to finally be of use to my friend Bryan.
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