I found out today that one of my best friends is - after 23 years with his partner - engaged.
Or, rather, they intend to get married.
When I wrote back in response to an emailed comment about a possible ceremony, I asked if it meant that they were engaged - and when this change had happened. His response was "ROFL - Engagement? After 23 years????"
But apparently there was a bit of a proposal and all, so I think it counts.
The part that continues to surprise me is that this apparently happened almost 10 months ago and I just found out about it - by accident - today.
Ninety percent of my life I'm perfectly fine with living halfway across the country (or the world) from most of my best friends. Ten percent of the time I really wish I lived a lot closer.
Today I definitely felt the latter.