wings and things

Chapter 25: Engaged! [1992]

on September 8, 2021

Sometimes I have to go back in time in order to remember the sequence of events but, after the Bill escapade, Anthony and I became engaged. I have no idea how other people’s engagement stories pan out but ours was a bit fraught.

We had told my mother and a few friends but we hadn’t yet told Anthony’s younger brother with whom he shared ownership of the farm, the brother with four gorgeous blonde-headed children, and his wife, my confidante.

I didn’t understand why Anthony felt it necessary to take a case of champagne over to J’s house to announce our engagement but my qualms were disguised by our sharing a bottle on the way. Anthony’s nervousness was palpable and it sort of leaked into my joy; I felt very confused.

We hadn’t warned them of our visit and they were just about to have lunch. And there were even some friends there. Our announcement was met with great joy and excitement and, of course, surprise, perhaps even shock but overall it was a relief to have the implicit blessing of this family who I had loved for so long. I noticed, but decided to ignore, that Anthony’s younger brother, J, had gone pale and left the house.

I am not sure if Anthony noticed his brother’s abrupt exit as we were all a bit champagned by then. But the following morning, this younger brother came over to the farm and said to Anthony:

“If you marry her, we are finished.”

10 responses to “Chapter 25: Engaged! [1992]

  1. Anonymous says:

    Facts are facts and the truth must out. You have told this part of your story with integrity, when the temptation to reveal your devastation must be strong.

  2. susanpoozan says:

    Oh my goodness, what a shock!

  3. Jean Cooper says:

    This story is keeping me on my toes….

  4. Writer Lori says:

    Whoa, Julie, you know how to tell a story. I am on tenterhooks….

  5. Who I am says:

    What an exciting time of your life that was

  6. What a thing for his brother to say………………

  7. KDKH says:

    Knowing much of this story as it was revealed in bits and pieces during your old blog posts, I understand the selfish motivation of the brother. Seeing it as you did in your youth, it seems even more cruel. Good for you that you and Ants didn’t let his brother deter you!

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