I am one of those people who becomes intensely excited about things, and feels a NEED to share whatever I'm excited about with the people around me. This is often annoying, like when I try to shove bites of my "delicious! so good! you have to try this!" food into peoples mouths while they're talking to me at a nice restaurant. I do the same with unique alcoholic beverages.
At my worst, when I find a new perfume that blows my mind, I act a bit like those women who try to spritz things at you in department stores.
Well... Naturally, I couldn't keep my exciting new plan a secret. Immediately after landing in Los Angeles, I called my mom to share the news. It went something like this:
RING RING RING!
KJ: Hey Mom, I'm calling to let you know that I landed safely! I'm here in L.A.
MOM: Oh great, thanks. By the way - I have your wedding dress hanging up in my closet, and it's just beautiful. So nice to look at... I love it!
KJ: Oh yeah, cool. Ummm... don't try it on, okay?
MOM: I think I can resist the temptation.
KJ: Sooo.... actually... I wanted to call about this other thing. I just came up with a project idea that I am REALLY EXCITED about!
MOM: Oh, okay.... (taking deep breath - she's heard this tone before) Tell me about it.
KJ: Yeah, so here it is: you know how I was sooo drained yesterday after all the dress shopping?
KJ: Right! So. I was reading this book about nuns who never - not in their WHOLE LIVES - see themselves. No mirrors. They can't even look down at their bodies when they change, right?
KJ: So that made me think... I want to give up mirrors for a year, and I'm going to write about it to reflect about the experience. I can learn about the history of mirrors, and research on mirrors from sociology and psychology. It feels totally up my alley, and probably good for me too.
MOM: Oh wow, that sounds cool! I've always seen you as a writer....
KJ: Thanks. Well I wanted to tell right away you since you're always, like, my #1 fan.
MOM: Awww, that's nice of you to say. I am! But... just to be sure... you're not going to start this thing until AFTER the wedding, right?
KJ: Ummm, actually, I'm worried that if I don't start now I won't start at all. It's the wedding stuff that's motivating me to do this in the first place.
MOM: Well, hrmmm. I don't know how I feel about that....
We got off the phone with kind words: she, still uncertain, and me.... also a bit uncertain. When your #1 fan thinks you should hold off on something, you take pause, right?
Thankfully, the next person I spoke to was M, my fiancé and second #1 fan. (Yes, I have two... I can't be expected to pick between my mom and the love-of-my-life.) When I saw M at the airport, I gave him a hug and kiss, and then immediately launched into the same hurried explanation. His enthusiasm and support matched my mother's, but with one important difference: when I told him that my mom had implored me to wait until after the wedding, he said, "Well... you know.... now you HAVE to do it before the wedding!" Haha! Indeed.
And that, ladies and gents, is why I love him so much. (And you too, Mom!)
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