It was 1:30am last week and my best friend (who shall remain anonymous) Facebook chatted me with:
“I’m really over seeing everyone posting their new engagement ring for the holiday season and sporting heinous hands, nails and shirt sleeves…don’t post till your hand isn’t like frikin Sasquatch, k thanks.”
She has a great point. Over the past few days and weeks, my Facebook feed has been bombarded with images of gnarly hands bedecked with engagement rings that run the gamut from stunning to fugly. And with New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day in the near future, the whole parade of what her and I have dubbed “holiday hands” isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
Ladies, it’s fantabulous that you’ve found someone who you want to spend the rest of your life with (er, or you just want to plan a wedding or wear some sparkly bling). If you are my friend in REAL LIFE (not Facebook life), I will like your relationship status when it changes to ENGAGED. But the whole heinous hand pics being broadcasted has got to stop.
For starters—it’s kind of unnerving and scary to see someone’s big, fat hand appear when I open Facebook. I feel like I’m a surgeon looking at a severed hand with some Pretty Princess-esque sparkle slapped on it. It’s like some kind of freaky deaky morgue going on. Or, perhaps I’m Dr. Frankenstein critiquing a hand that would just look so nice sewn onto my latest monster.
The important point here—whether your nails are perfectly manicured or not—is that YOUR HAND DID NOT GET ENGAGED. You did. It’s show-offy and stupid to just post a zoomed-in ring/hand. Show a picture of yourself and your fiancé, preferably where you’re smiling (well, at least I HOPE you’re happy!) and the ring is visible. Take pics of you (now wearing the ring), him and the spot he proposed. Cut it out with the creepy pictures of just your hand.
Send the close-up photos privately to friends and fam who have inquired what the bauble looks like. These people are less likely to judge your sausage fingers or critique your blotchy spray-tanned-orange digits. ‘Cause that does happen.
GIRL TALK TIME: What do you think of posting engagement ring photos to Facebook? Are you engaged? How did you share the news with friends/fam and your social networks?