Sometimes, unsuspecting kids can unintentionally get in the way of a moment. Not understanding what's going on, they can wander over and unwittingly find themselves involved in a serious exchange between adults. It's in these moments that my mother's voice rings out in my head: "Stay out of grown folks business!" And that's exactly the voice I heard while watching a new viral proposal.
Posted on TikTok, a user named Brandi (@Brandus25) and her girlfriend Tabby celebrating their purchase of their new house in a new clip. For it, someone shoots rainbow confetti and the pair jump from a stoop, to be showered with it.
"Yay!" Brandi yells. A child, who we now know to be the stepson of her best friend, runs into the frame to "catch the confetti." But in the background, Tabby has slowly gotten down on one knee and pulled out a ring.
While she doesn't ever utter any words, it becomes clear pretty quickly what's happening.
"What are you doing?" Brandi asks. There's a moment of silence, and maybe even a tear. And then the kid is back in the frame, seemingly hoping to get a better look at the ring. Out of nowhere, like the claw in a claw machine, an arm reaches across the camera and snatches the toddler out of the way -- Snatch is literally the only way to describe what happened.
"Don't cry," Brandi says in the full clip as her girlfriend takes her hand. "That's the wrong hand!" The proposal is tearful and also funny. The wordless proposal is accepted. The video has been viewed over 5 million times on Brandi's TikTok and 4 million on Twitter where a clip has been posted.
The pair have been together since 2016 when they met at a Christian retreat Brandi tells Out.
"I had no idea it was going to be done that day," she says of the proposal. "Neither did [Tabby.] She just said it felt like the time. She had carried the ring in her pocket for over a year until she felt [we were] ready to get married."
"I can't even like read all these comments." Brandi said in a followup post on TikTok. "And the duets and everything. Is everybody this overwhelmed by their first TikTok going viral? Because I'm so thankful; y'all are the best."
Happy Pride indeed!
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