Have you ever witnessed a child misbehave and a parent snatches away their favorite toy as punishment?
That’s what Rob did to my friend Kate.
Only it wasn’t a toy.
It was an engagement ring.
Most women are excited about being presented with an engagement ring from their long-time boyfriends, especially ones they had already discussed marriage with, and who they had been dating for years.
But this was not the case with the tragic story of Kate and her 30th birthday party.
Kate, who was in a four-year relationship with this guy Rob, was naturally hoping it would be her 30th birthday party/engagement party.
She and Rob had been dating forever….28 years (in dog years LOL), they had moved in together, talked about being together forever, and Kate thought she had planted enough seeds about really wanting to get engaged that this momentous occasion was imminent.
Her 30th birthday perfect, was it not?
Kicking of another decade of life with a big, blingy ring???
Rob didn’t see it that way. Her 30th birthday came and went. His got her something generic, like an AppleWatch.
So Kate did what any frustrated 30-year-old girl would do after spending four years with someone and getting hopes about a proposal shattered on her birthday: she threw a fit.
“DO YOU EVEN WANT TO BE WITH ME?” she yelled, possibly drunk. “WHAT ARE WE EVEN DOING HERE??”
They had talked many times about being engaged, they had even talked about rings, but with each passing month, she became more and more frustrated.
Her birthday was the biggest fit she had thrown to date.
Rob decided that HE had enough.
He broke up with her.
Because of her “fit” about the engagement.
Clearly they weren’t a match and wanted different things. She wanted to get married, he didn’t. Kate tried to reason about it immediately following the breakup.
But then Rob decided to play a sick game.
The DAY AFTER HE BROKE UP WITH HER, he returned to their apartment and showed Kate a box.
A little velvety black box. He opened it and showed her the ring.
She took a breath.
Was he changing his mind about their breakup???
“I just wanted to let you know that I already bought an engagement ring, but now you’re not getting it because you threw such a fit,” he said.
DANGLED THE RING IN FRONT OF HER!
“IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED? YOU WANTED THIS RING? WELL TOO BAD!”
“NOW YOU’RE NOT GETTING IT.”
“If you only behaved properly….”
WHAT A FREAK!
WHO DOES THAT???
Who watches as the supposed love of their life has a mental breakdown about not being engaged, still doesn’t propose despite having an engagement ring in hand, breaks up with them and then dangles the ring in front of their face like a parent taking away a child’s toy???
“Ring” the alarm – Kate dodged a major bullet with this one.
LET’S ALL DANGLE ROB…BY HIS ANKLES.
And give him no refund on the ring.