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How I Knew I Was Ready

August 2nd, 2010 by Darren

The first week of February was an eventful one. We moved into a new apartment that, with a home office, promised a much better work/life balance than what we’d been experiencing. We landed a monthly social media client with a national-level retailer. Our two-year anniversary of dating was approaching. A television commercial starring us for a regional cell phone carrier began airing, with a money boost to match.

Melia and I had been living together successfully for a year, and as we talked more and more casually about our future life together, it was time to lock down those plans. “Put a ring on it,” as Beyonce would say. (I liked it.)

Since Melia arrived in Jackson, we’d been going nonstop, building up our branding practice, taking on too many clients and figuring out how to balance everything. There were so many projects up in the air that dealing with a wedding would feel like just another project, with too many details on which to focus, and that’s not how I wanted it to be.

With so much beginning to fall into place, though, the abstract “next level of stability” that I was envisioning had suddenly arrived. I e-mailed my mom, who had our family heirloom engagement ring, and told her I was ready. I instructed her to “be cool” so as not to alert Melia and pass me the ring at our weekly lunch. I’ll save the proposal for another blog post.

Addendum: I of course had already known I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Melia; that was the easy part! Our lifestyle was completely comfortable and full of laughter and fun. I knew I’d be excited and proud to commit to her in front of everyone important to me.

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  • 1 Darren Aug 2, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Unrelated, the Saints won the Super Bowl at the end of that week. Boom.

  • 2 Melia Aug 2, 2010 at 4:36 am

    I’ll accept the addendum, even though it was by my request! It adds a touch of romance to the logic.

    P.S. Go Saints!

  • 3 Grace Bateman Aug 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I love it! And you’ll like to know that every time the commercial came on I got so excited I blurted out “those are my friends who made my catalog!” I’m surprised my family didn’t stop watching tv with me (because the commercial ran a lot- y’all are probably really famous by now.) :)

  • 4 Melia Aug 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks, Grace! Other friends of ours have said the same thing. My cousin was actually in a bar in Vancouver, WA, when our commercial came on — apparently it was picked up by a sports feed from the South. He had to show them that he was my Facebook friend to prove that we were actually cousins. How random would it be to make that up?

  • 5 Jamie Aug 4, 2010 at 12:43 am

    And, on a mushy side note, I ran over to see Will for the other half of that same Super Bowl game….and the rest is history.

    Lots of love and admiration to y’all! (And Melia, I would have also requested an addendum. Logic is nothing without some good old fashioned romance.)

  • 6 Melia Aug 6, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Jamie, I’m glad that the Super Bowl was a special day for you and your now man-friend, too!

    When Darren mentioned that he was writing about “How I Knew I Was Ready,” I said, “Aww, that’s so sweet!” But when I read it, I said, “You make me sound like the cow that you finally saved up to buy.” So he made an addendum. Nice save, buddy.

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