Alec has been busy since he got home. He had to renew his driver's license, get a job, find an apartment, figure out what he was going to do for college, find some transportation... Whew. Adulting is a lot of hard work! High on his list of priorities was getting back to this pretty gal he hadn't seen for two years. It's a long time to be apart.
Unwilling to be apart any longer, they didn't waste any time to become engaged and start planning a wedding.
Yeah, ring-buying is another one of those adulty things than takes some good decision-making skills and grown-up amounts of money. I'll just be a wee bit flattered that he wanted a small amount of assistance from Mom.
I read something somewhere that said the purpose of a parent, when dealing with children, was to introduce the children to new things and help them figure out how to deal with those new things. Short of having his own children, I don't think there is really anything new of significance to introduce to this boy. So good luck on your adulting! Have a happy marriage! Be a responsible human being! I'm pretty excited for them to learn all kinds of new things - now together.
It's fun to watch your kids grow up (especially when you get to continue calling them "my baby" in secret. Shh!).
P.S. I'm not dealing very well with the idea of becoming a mother-in-law. I have two of the sweetest, kind-hearted women for my mothers-in-law, so that helps. But it just sounds sinister, doesn't it? It seems only a small step down from "wicked step-mother." I hope I can be a reasonably good mother-in-law. I do like my future daugher-in-law - I think she's just what my boy needs!
And I miss my mom, who could help introduce me to this new thing and help me figure out how to deal with it well. We never outgrow our mothers.