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Diamond Shopping

January 30, 2017


Our son CJ recently asked me to help find a radiant cut center diamond for the engagement ring he planned on giving his fiancée. CJ generously shares his automotive expertise with us and I was happy to reciprocate by sharing my knowledge of diamonds, since I’d managed a jewelry store for eight years.


Society has changed significantly since I stood behind a diamond counter. When we walked into Jared Jewelers we were greeted at the door and asked what brought us in. CJ responded by saying we were looking for an engagement ring.


The greeter grinned and said, “Congratulations, you two.”


What the F*+#K? CJ is my son. The greeter thought we were a couple!


As we browsed through the store, I reflected on the seismic change in society; same sex marriages were illegal when I sold jewelry; gay couples never came into my store to purchase wedding rings.


I wasn’t offended, but I must have had an odd look on my face, as any father might if mistakenly thought to be in an inappropriate relationship with his son, although on more than one occasion CJ and I have been mistaken for brothers. Since I think of myself as an old man, I walk taller afterwards, and CJ has been a good sport about it. But the two of us a couple? GEEZ!


CJ looked amused as he asked if the greeter’s comment bothered me.


“Nope!” I replied.




I grinned. “You’re the one who should have been offended, not me.”


“Why’s that?”


“If we were unrelated and not heterosexual, I doubt I could land anyone better than you, but you could do so much better than me.”


CJ shook his head the way he does when I delve into the preposterous, but we did manage to find a superb diamond for his fiancée, the lovely Andrea, so this post has a happy ending.


After selecting a diamond at a different store, we found a nice restaurant and had quiche and white wine spritzers for lunch.*



*Not really—CJ and I wolfed down meatball subs and considered going to a shooting range.







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I was good with everything until you said you had quiche and white wine spritzers for lunch. Glad you set the record straight! *whew*
By: scott park on January 30, 2017
What a hoot! My younger daughter, being totally non-traditional, opted to have a citrine stone from an antique ring of mine (which would have gone to her someday anyway) reset to make her engagement ring. It's beautiful.
By: Kelly on January 30, 2017
That's hilarious! But once the father/son creepy thing is put aside, I agree that you should be flattered.
By: Val on January 30, 2017
That would be weird to have someone think your son is your life partner.
By: PT Dilloway on January 30, 2017
Wow, really? Yeah, times have changed. And CJ did get the short end of the stick there.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on January 30, 2017
you can take a simple day and make it a hilarious event-love your stories!
By: Kathe W. on January 30, 2017
The asterisk was not needed. He probably assumed you were the rich sugar daddy in the relationship, not an actual daddy. Funny story. Also you have to be careful these days with the expression "happy ending."
By: cranky on January 30, 2017
I saw it coming but it was hilarious anyway! And topped off by the fake lunch menu :) Seriously, it's good that at least that salesman was so ready to congratulate what he thought was a gay couple. That is progress. Now if he could learn not to assume, that would be a help :)
By: jenny_o on January 30, 2017
greeter, not salesman. maybe that explains part of it!
By: jenny_o on January 30, 2017
How funny. I am a bit surprised that was his first thought when he saw you two but the "we" CJ used might have been the deciding factor. Times have really changed.
By: Arkansas Patti on January 30, 2017
I love the cartoon. People quite often assume that my son and I are a couple. I think he should be offended. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on January 30, 2017
Very funny. You seem to attract the best life stories. Loved that cartoon as well.
By: Tabor on January 30, 2017
Now that is funny, especially the wolfing down of meatball subs!!
By: Bee BB Bee on January 30, 2017
My goodness sakes, what a retail diamond person that fella was! Here in Vancouver Wasington we had a huge influx of couples coming to get married so the marriage business, rings, flowers, clothes and venues and cake places got the business.. Why do people even care if it is same sex and why would a person even mention such a ting??? I don't get it, my favorite teacher when I attended high school in Portland in the very late 60's was gay I did not even know what that meant, but he was kind and caring to all his students..I don't think it matters one iota but to say such an asinine thing to a couple of men looking to buy an engagement ring is absolutlely beyone my way of thinking! My goodness sakes with the new president and all his shenanigans and the HATE in our country now towards this person or that person I think people who are small minded are outtasight in a bad way, I liked you got meatball subs, my kind of food! Peace out to you and yours in the lunar new year and the entire year and congrats to your son and future daughter in law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By: mary sampson on January 30, 2017
The white wine spritzer line made me laugh out loud. Really!
By: Catalyst on January 30, 2017
Best wishes again to CJ and Andrea, and i'm glad you were able to help him find a ring. It's pretty amazing how the times have changed.
By: messymimi on January 30, 2017
There will always be mixups but to call a father and son a couple has to be one of the worst.
By: red Kline on January 30, 2017
Will CJ's engagement make you a trio? Congratulations!!
By: fishducky on January 30, 2017
Odd the clerk would make such an assumption. But yay for your sense of humor. I love that comic, and big congrats to your son!!
By: Lexa Cain on January 31, 2017
I think the greeter should have learned that when there are so many possibilities, it might be best to keep quiet and wait and see what the situation is. And that applies with any type of grouping. :)
By: ja woolf on January 31, 2017
Steve, You are so funny! But I can relate. I had back surgery last year and as the nurse is asking my personal information she referred to David, my SON, as my husband. EWWW! We looked at each other and said, NO!!! She said she was sorry, but she had another couple in there and she made the mistake of calling the spouse her son! Congratulations to the Happy Couple (your SON, not you both!) :D
By: Linda Morris on January 31, 2017
Funny story, Stephen! Glad you found a good ring after all that.
By: Botanist on January 31, 2017
Haha, after being referred to as lovers, you needed to AT LEAST discuss the prospect of going to a shooting range. Fun and funny story.
By: Robyn Engel on January 31, 2017
Hahahaaaa. Yes, times have changed for sure and it is a good thing. I. Glad he found the perfect ring for his future wife
By: Birgit on February 1, 2017
Good on your for seeing the lighter side. You're a wonderful father and role model for your son.
By: Daniel LaFrance on February 1, 2017
So you are allowed meatballs on your diet?? Glad you found a ring, and I hope the two of you will be very happy together.
By: LL Cool Joe on February 1, 2017
Congratulations to CJ finding a great engagement ring. The only gay married couple in my circle of friends have titanium wedding rings. LOL on your lunch choice!
By: Pixel Peeper on February 4, 2017
Now that made me laugh out loud - ha!
By: The Bug on February 9, 2017

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