Yesterday I participated in a Facebook April Fools Day prank inspired by B.J. Quinlan, a man with whom I am now sharing a wonderful relationship. Although we’ve known each other for two years, it was only recently that things became romantic — mostly because of me. Although I’d acknowledged his interest in me a long time ago, for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with him, I hadn’t been ready to explore the possibilities.
Previously on Facebook (and everywhere else online), I’d kept my personal relationship status to myself. Even after it was apparent that B.J. and I had serious potential, I preferred to keep our budding relationship to myself (at least on the internet) for a while.
That is, until he approached me with an idea to have a little fun with an April Fools prank: announce our engagement on Facebook. At first I hesitated because I did not want to hurt my family and friends who are incredibly encouraging but finally — on the condition that I alert my mother ahead of time — I decided to go for it. Real friends and family would understand and get the joke.
What I wasn’t prepared for was the amazing outpouring of sincere joy and congratulations during the hours people actually believed we were officially engaged. Most got a big chuckle out of our joke and understood that we used April Fools as a vehicle to announce our relationship. Many thanks to all who commented and messaged me — your interest means more than I could ever adequately express.
And for the first time in my nearly seven years on Facebook, I have a public status that states: “In a relationship.”