I just returned from China. Here's how it came about. Over the past few years my 22 year old daughter Katelyn has been poking me in the ribs saying, "You go on so many trips - when are you going to take ME on a trip?" I've been looking for the right opportunity for some time. It presented itself through Katelyn's boyfriend Josh, who is teaching at a University in Hunan Province. Katy wanted to go and visit him but didn't feel comfortable navigating China by herself. I didn't have to be asked twice. We started planning our trip and got excited about hanging out together.
That's when I got the email from Josh. "I was wondering if you could transport something over to China for me?" It turns out what he wanted transported was an engagement ring - he was asking for my daughter's hand in marriage. So I began thinking about how I was going to transport the 'rock'. I didn't want to put it in my checked luggage: I'd feel horrible if it got removed. I didn't want to put it in my carry-on luggage: what if the security people asked me to open it up and Katy saw the ring. So I decided to wear the ring around my neck on a strong leather cord: people go through the security scanners with diamond rings all the time and they don't go off. I should be safe.
Well, I got through security with no problems. A few hours later I was sitting beside Katelyn on the plane, the ring that would change her future a mere 16 inches from her eyes and she had no clue. Sweet. I did have to be careful though. I had this compulsion to keep touching it beneath my turtleneck - is it still there I wonder? A few days later, after I delivered the ring safe and sound to Josh I began reflecting on the experience.
You know, engagement should be close to the heart. It should be something we carry on behalf of others. It should be something we safeguard. And it should be something we deliver for the people we serve. Doing so is love at work. And I can promise you one thing, making engagement happen won't cost you nearly as much as it's going to cost me!
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