Marriage Proposals: The Check Box System

It’s the question that will bring even the most confident man to his knees.

Will you marry me?

Jack knows.

He agonized over how to pop the question for days.

Should he ask her in person?

Should he express himself in writing?

Should he have someone else ask her for him?

To quote his mother, “It literally kept him up for days.”

Finally, six-year-old Jack opted to write his intended a note. But even the written word didn’t calm his nerves.

Would she misunderstand the check mark boxes?

I don’t know what Megan said, but I do know that a six-year-old with that kind of printing is a keeper. Jack’s penmanship nearly guarantees that he will become a man who takes out the garbage and puts his socks in the laundry without being asked.

To read more about Jack’s antics, go to his mom’s blog, Sh*t My 6-Year-Old Says.


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About Leanne Shirtliffe

Leanne Shirtliffe is the author of SLOTH TO THE RESCUE, SAVING THUNDER THE GREAT, THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE, and NO MORE BEIGE FOOD (2016). She also wrote humor books DON'T LICK THE MINIVAN: Things I Never Thought I'd Say To My Kids and MOMMYFESTO. She and her family live in Calgary, Alberta because they like complaining about the weather.

Posted on September 22, 2011, in Notes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. He sure is clear about his intentions. Nice. I know adults whose penmanship isn’t as good as his. Definitely a keeper! 🙂

  2. My favorite detail is that Megan is supposed to return the proposal to Jack N. at lunch.
    Jack N.

    As opposed to all the other Jacks who would want to marry her.

    Perhaps there are a lot of Jacks in the class.
    But I’ll bet Jack N. has the best penmanship.

    I hope those two crazy kids will be happy together…

    • And I totally had to comment on this because everyone, EVERYONE calls Jack by his first and last names. Even if there are no other Jack’s around. It’s like he’s sorta famous like that.

  3. This is phenomenal! But if Jack really had game he would try something like this which I totally just made up this morning:

    “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

    Yeah, something like that. Just don’t say it’s against your better judgment.

  4. That’s too cute. My daughter came home from school and asked for deodorized salt. Do you mean iodized salt honey? lol kids are so funny. Love the note, it’s great.

  5. I wish I had made a check-off list.

    I will marry you. Are you willing to clean toilets? Yes or no.

    What about picking up Tampax as necessary?
    Yes or no?

    Do you cook?
    Yes or no?

    Jack is very forward thinking. Sounds like he gets the whole marriage thing better than a lot of adults.

  6. Aww that is the sweetest thing. I envy Megan now lol

  7. Okay, to de-code part of the mystery (because I’m Jack’s lucky mom!)…Jack was worried that if Megan checked the YES box, she could either mean “yes” (duh) or mean that she was crossing out “yes” thereby meaning “NO”! This is what he agonized over. It had never occurred to me that anyone could mean the opposite of what they checked off. This kid is a thinker. And believe it or not, he was always told that he did not have very neat penmanship! Go figure! Loving the comments btw… 🙂

  8. Still laughing when I come back to read this post. AND Megan made it to Jack’s 2nd grade class this year, but so far no more talk of marriage…hmmm…

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