December 23, 2007

E.S. being sort of nominally kind of Christian (though his parents aren’t), and I having grown up with a Christian mother, we decided to have a Christmas tree this year.

I think that’s all the backstory necessary to understand this conversation, which took place Sunday night.

E.S. (entering the house): I bought more ornaments for the tree!
FAUSTUS (from the next room): We already have too many ornaments for the tree.
E.S.: Yes, but these were so fabulous I couldn’t help myself. Come and take a look at them.
FAUSTUS: But I want to take a nap.
E.D.: Too bad. You have to come and look at ornaments.
FAUSTUS (grumpily): Fine. (He goes into the other room and unwraps an ornament from the protective paper in which it has been wrapped.) Ooh, you’re right, that’s gorgeous. (He unwraps another.) I hate this one and if it touches our tree I am breaking up with you. (He unwraps another.) That’s totally cute. (He unwraps another.) Fabulous. You’re not doing too badly here. (He reaches for the last ornament.)
E.S.: This is the best one of them all.
(Faustus unwraps the last ornament to find a small box. He opens the box and is perplexed. The thing inside is not big enough to be an ornament. It looks not like an ornament but like a ring sort of thing.)
(Faustus turns to E.S. for clarification only to see that E.S. has dropped to one knee.)
E.S.: Faustus, will you marry me?

To be continued.

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33 Responses to E

  1. Jess says:

    Awww, how sweet! Mazel Tov (a traditional Christmas saying)! *hug*


  2. Molly says:

    Wow! Congrats!

  3. Daniel says:


  4. Andrew says:


  5. Lynn in Tucson says:

    Goosebumps. I have goosebumps.

  6. Frank says:

    OMFG you are amazing! What a fabulous way to propose. I do hope he says yes …
    Bestest for the new year.

  7. Frank says:

    That of course was addressed to E.S.

  8. matt says:

    Cute 😀

  9. Jill Smith says:

    Ooh! I caught myself holding my breath! You better continue soon. I don’t want to turn blue…

  10. Eric says:

    Jesus Christ that’s sweet. He’s a keeper. IF you didn’t say yes, you’d better watch it since 90% of your readers will probably come after him.
    If this ends well, then congrats!

  11. Jen says:

    omg! exciting!!! congrats!

  12. Travis says:

    Oh, my goodness, I think my heart just grew six sizes. Congrats, and you better say yes. 🙂


  13. TED says:

    Congratulations on your engagement.

    I realize that you are far too young to have experienced the early days of cliffhanger endings (Dallas) and the like, but they really work best when there’s some doubt as to the main outcome. While it’s true that we don’t yet know exactly how much sex you had after you said “yes,” I don’t think that counts.

  14. Patrick says:

    Aww, congratulations!

    That’s incredible, and such a great way to propose!!

  15. Aidan says:

    omydog omydog omydog!

    Can I be a bridesmaid? Please please please please please? I saw this bright red sequined number in the window of the Big Girl store. It would look totally faboo on me.

    And of there is one thing I’ve learned from your blog, whatever good things happen to you, the important thing to remember is that it’s really about ME!

    Kisses. Congratulations. Now go play Doctor before he gets away.

  16. anne marie in philly says:

    holy tear-stained cheeks, batman!

    that is SO kewl!

    but did you say yes?

    what a great way to start the new year! and how romantic of E.S.!

  17. Logan says:

    I think I just peed a little.

  18. Jeffrey says:

    Stop those presses. Looks like there may be another chapter in the new book release.

  19. JamesR says:

    OMFG!! I’m not saying any more until I know the outcome. You, Faustus are awfully cruel to keep us all in suspense…

  20. signalite says:

    Holy guacamole. Did you hang it somewhere appropriate?

  21. Andy says:

    Oh, you turd. You didn’t tell me there was an incredibly romantic story behind the proposal! See, he is perfect, after all.

  22. chedwick says:

    Congrats… Happiness to You!

  23. Nodrin King says:

    Please say “Yeesssssssss!!!” 🙂

  24. Willym says:

    Damn that beats my – “hey after 29 years we may as well get marrried” proposal last May. We did in July at home in Canada before we moved to Rome.

    In fact that beats those silly big screen big game proposals and a few others that are meant to be special.

    So continue….

  25. Jeffrey says:

    Oh my dear, such a romantic gesture is almost enough to melt my ice cold heart. But “almost” is like “close,” which only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Nevertheless, congratulations.

  26. Chris says:

    IT’S A TRAP! SAY NO!!!!

  27. Boston Barbara says:

    OMG! Are you finally moving to Massachusetts as I have hoped? Congrats and Best Wishes.

  28. Joe says:

    Congrats, Joel!

  29. Leigh says:

    Congratulations! How exciting! What a romantic way to start the new year! Hugs to all!

  30. marc says:

    “being sort of nominally kind of “, tell me if I’m wrong but I was wondering if marital bliss could adversely affect Faustus’ sense of style?

  31. timothy says:

    That’s damned sweet. Congratulations to the both of you.

  32. Todd says:

    that is sooooo sweet! Congrats to both of you!!

  33. Paul says:

    Speechless! How romantic is that!


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