(as presented in Love Creates Beauty)
Tim asked her after the movie, “Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?”
“Yes,” she replied.
“What?” he said, “Are you serious?”
“Are you?” she asked.
“Yes,” he answered more confidently.
“Me too,” she declared.
STOP! Did he just ask this girl to marry him? With that cheesy line? And she said “Yes”? What was he doing?!!?!!!
Cool your jets, boy! Slow down a little bit. Okay, a little more kissing is fine now, but you’ve got to think about what you just did. You just asked another human being to be your friend and live with you for the rest of your lives.
STOP KISSING, I can’t think! Yes, it is nice and you have been apart for almost five months now but that is no excuse. You have some serious thinking to do. Details matter. When are you going to get married? Where will you live? Do you know this person well enough to make such a commitment?
Kiss “I love you…I love you too…I love you…I love you too…”
Time to say good night and go back to your own home, boy. Get another night’s sleep to regroup. You’ll see her again tomorrow. One more day and then you’ll deploy for six months.
Actually, that’s a good thing. You need to cool off and think rationally. Six months apart should allow for some clear-headed thinking time for both of you. You’re both young, there’s so much time ahead of you.
“I’ll miss you until tomorrow.” he said.
“Me too,” she replied.
FINALLY! Now go home and sleep. Think about what you did. Take the full six months if you have to in order to be sure.
“I’m so glad we’re going to get married,” he said idiotically.
Have you ever managed to paint yourself into the proverbial corner because of your words? What did you do while waiting for them “to dry”?