How (not) to respond to a proposal
Okay, here’s a random phenomenon I’d like some feedback on. When I asked my wife to marry me – down on one knee, ring in hand – she looked me right in the eye and said, “Are you kidding?” Seriously. If I hadn’t been so stunned by this response, I’d have been tempted to say yes and go do something else. And, it wasn’t like this was a surprise. We’d been dating for four years and her family had already started to plan the engagement party.
So, I’ve always assumed that this was just an oddity produced by some weird confluence of astrological harmonizations, or some such thing. But on Sunday I found out that a friend of mine has just gotten engaged, and when he proposed, she said the exact same thing. As I hear it, she actually asked several times. And they’ve also been dating for several years. Is this normal!? Do women commonly assume that guys actually joke about this sort of thing?
If anyone has some deep biblical or theological explanation for this phenomenon, I would appreciate hearing it. Right now, I’m at a loss.