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Adam changes plans to ask for Amy's parents' blessing
"Listen," I said, "I've got the perfect plan. Instead of flying back to San Antonio from Baltimore, why don't I change my flight to Dallas? I'll fly in tomorrow evening and ask your parents for your hand in marriage. I don't think you should tell them secondhand what I told you on Christmas Day. At this point, I need to be the man and declare, face to face, my intention to marry you and receive their blessing."
"Adam, I was hoping you would say that!"
"Oh yeah. This is perfect."
So we dialed Southwest Airlines on three-way and couldn't contain our bliss when we got patched through to Nancy, the reservations agent.
"Nancy," I said. "I need to change my flight because tomorrow I intend to ask Amy's parents for her hand in marriage. Isn't that exciting?"
"Oh my. It sure is. Do you think they'll give their blessing?"
"I'm sure counting on it. If they do, we might even invite you to the wedding," Amy chimed in. "Where are you based?"
"Phoenix. Wait a minute," she said, sounding bewildered. "Let me get this straight. You want me to come to your wedding?"
"Absolutely." I asserted. "If her parents say yes tomorrow night, then you've been an integral part of the whole thing. Why wouldn't we invite you?"
"OK. Well, I can see what you're saying. Alright, well let's get you on this plane then. Adam, what time do you want to land in Dallas?
"Between 5 and 6 tomorrow evening."
"No problem. I've changed your flight. Instead of flying into San Antonio, you're bound for Dallas to talk with your future in-laws."
"Perfect." I said. "Nancy, thank you so much for your help."
"Yeah thanks," said Amy. "Can you believe it'll be the first time I've seen him face to face in 18 months?"
Now we had really stumped the poor reservations agent. "You're kidding, right?" Nancy asked.
"No, she's not kidding," I said. "It's a long story. Suffice it to say, we're both very happy."
"Have a good flight Adam. Don't get too nervous."
"Believe me. Tomorrow is one day that I'll be putting my deodorant to the test."
After we hung up with Southwest, I gave Amy one piece of advice. "Now Peeps, whatever you do, don't just blurt out that I'm flying in right away. It'll put you in an awkward position. The whole reason that I'm coming to Dallas tomorrow night is to demonstrate my commitment to you and to answer any questions or concerns they might have. Let this fall on my shoulders where it belongs. If you reveal to them that I'm coming in town, they'll inundate you with questions that I should answer. It doesn't make any sense for you to tell them what I told you secondhand, when I can tell them in person, face to face.
"I love it. You're right. This makes the most sense."
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