(Remember this is the son with the girlfriend. They have been together for a year and a few months.)
The question: "Do we (we?) have a ring that I would give to my wife, when I ask her to marry me?"
Next question: Our family doesn't have an heirloom ring?
Answer: No, your ancestors were poor. Sorry.
Two days later he came home and said, "This is really random mom (uh oh), but did you know that the baby boomer generation really was not a result of soldiers coming home from the war? I learned in history class today that it was actually the result of a lot of young women being promiscuous and getting pregnant out of wedlock. Of course, they got married right away so most people didn't know.
(I had started to become a little concerned at that time but decided just to eat it, or let it eat me as the case may be.)
The next evening at dinner he said, "Hey mom, I learned in psych class today that babies who were put up for adoption years ago would develop an attachment disorder because they were placed in beds and there was no one to hold them. Isn't that sad? Those poor babies."
(We subsequently had a discussion about attachment disorders, and how psychology professors don't always teach complete information. Pft.)
Now, following those three random conversations, to what conclusion would you have come (jumped)? The same one I came (jumped) to?
I let it eat me for two days before I finally just asked. And, thank God, the answer was, "No."