If you are a devotee of Parenthood, this quandary makes both perfect sense…and is perfectly frustrating.
When Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Mark (Jason Ritter) initially began dating, I was thrilled. Is there a cuter couple in TV-land? I challenge you to find one. Their engagement was the only logical conclusion.
Get them to the altar, tie the knot, add a jaunty bow.
But then Ray Romano joined the cast as Hank — crusty, blustery, more-age-appropriate Hank. He and Sarah made sense, too. (Plus Mark suddenly turned into a woman…so really, what else could Sarah do?)
Now Mark has found his balls and is challenging Hank for Sarah’s hand — who will she pick? More importantly, who do you want her to choose?
My nephew is getting married next week, which may explain why this item caught my eye.
Wedding rings that really leave a mark.
Colin Hart and his comedian wife Anna Ryan came up with the idea for the “I’m Married” rings last year for their own engagement. Now they’re selling on Cheeky.com — and they’re starting to get a lot of orders.
To get the best mark, you have to order the ring a size too small. The indentation only lasts about 15 minutes after you take the ring off, but Hart figures that’s long enough to dissuade that budding bar conversation.
Evil genius, that one.
And what an evil gift this would make for the nephew — nah, the dirty looks from my family would last way longer.
He proposed to his girlfriend while they were making dinner at his apartment. They texted me the news, including photos of the ring. A few days later they made the announcement on Facebook.
A modern love story.
I couldn’t help but compare that to Mr. Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice. (I watched it again last night when my cable box was on the fritz.)
He proposed the first time in the rain. They argued, and she rejected him.
The second time (pictured here) they met in the middle of a field — in the middle of the night — in their night clothes.
Then Mr. Darcy asked Elizabeth’s father for her hand in marriage before the family had even eaten breakfast.
For such a proper time in history, that whole thing seems a bit scandalous in comparison….don’t you think? Imagine your own son or daughter wandering into your front lawn at dawn in their PJs talking weddings. You’d think they were drunk.
Singer Jason Mraz got engaged. But no sooner did he slip the ring on fellow singer Tristan Prettyman’s finger than he announced:
“We’re not getting married.”
What a kill joy.
Actually, it was a joint decision. The couple isn’t going to tie the knot until marriage is legal for everyone, namely gay couples.
The two join a growing list of celebrity couples who have made similar ‘we’re waiting until gay couples can marry’ decrees. I believe the first was Charlize Theron and Stuart Townsend. But they broke up in 2010 after nine years of dating…so it kinda became a moot point.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have also declared that they will not get hitched until gay marriage is legal. It is a strong public show of support for the gay community from two very public personalities, so kudos to them.
But this tiny little cynical voice deep down inside of me wonders — is that the real story? Is gay marriage the only reason that these couples are choosing to stay single? Or is it just a very good excuse to have a longer engagement…and keep their options open a bit longer?
They know as well as we how long — or should I say short — marriages are amid the stifling scrutiny of the paparazzi. If adopting a popular cause that they truly believe in gives them a bit more breathing room before they take the leap…