When Jasmine Brannan got engaged to her boyfriend Ian Faulkner, one of the first people the couple told was her son Asher. However, it turned out that the little boy did not give his blessing at all. In fact, his first response was to give Faulkner a grilling.
Brannan lives with her young family in Frankfort, Illinois. She is the mom of two small children, including her charismatic little boy Asher. In 2018 Asher was four years old and just starting to make sense of the world around him.
Describing her inquisitive toddler, in January 2018 Brannan told the Daily Mail, “Asher is constantly asking questions and yearning for more knowledge. His imagination is huge and if you have a problem, Asher is bound to have a solution.”
While Asher was hungry for knowledge, he was about to get an unwanted lesson in love. For five months, his beloved mom had been dating her partner Ian Faulkner. And in January 2018, Faulkner decided that the time was right to ask Brannan to be his wife.
Faulkner wanted everything to be perfect for his proposal. So he placed his engagement ring on a table and scattered a trail of rose petals through Brannan’s living room. Then when the time came, he got down on one knee and surprised her by popping the question.
Brannan accepted Faulkner’s proposal and the pair enjoyed a few minutes soaking up the moment together. However, before long there was a little four-year-old champing at the bit to get into the room. “After Ian proposed, we had about ten minutes before Asher came crashing in asking questions,” Brannan told the Daily Mirror.
At that point, a relative decided to film little Asher’s reaction to his mom’s big news. “My bonus [step] mum started recording, because – knowing Asher – she was sure he’d have something hilarious come out of his mouth,” Brannan explained. And the toddler did not disappoint.
In the footage, Asher picks up the now empty ring box and enquires, “What’s this?” His mom explains that it once held the jewelry that is now on her finger. Then, she asks her adorable little boy, “Do you know what rings are for?”
It turns out that Asher is not familiar with the symbolism behind the engagement ring, except to say they’re “for people” to wear. So his mom decides to enlighten him. “Come here and I’ll show you,” she tells her curious kid.
Brannan proceeds to show Asher her ring. However, his first reaction is try and rip the bling from his mom’s finger. She tells him not to, explaining to him that it’s an engagement ring. When she asks Asher if he knows “what engagement means,” he replies, “That you gotta keep it on all night? Even when you sleep?”
Brannan tells her son that he’s right in a way, but is keen to expand his knowledge further. “It means before you get married,” she explains. However, Asher is having none of it. “I want to marry you,” he cries, not even attempting to hide his disappointment.
Brannan explains that she’s already promised herself to Faulkner. However, Asher continues to protest. “No, Ian!” he shouts. Shocked, Faulkner responds, “It’s not okay that I marry your mom?” to which Asher replies, “No. I want to marry my mommy.”
Attempting to reason with the four-year-old, Faulkner asks, “I treat her real good, don’t I?” But Asher refuses to come round. “I do too,” he replies, much to the amusement of his onlooking family. “I’m going to marry my mommy. You will not,” he adds, taking hold of Brannan’s hand for extra emphasis.
After Asher’s outburst, Brannan decided to share the footage online. And it certainly proved popular with her Facebook followers. Since going live in January 2018 the video has attracted more than 450 reactions and more than 100 shares.
And among the congratulatory comments for Brannan and Faulkner’s engagement were countless words of praise for Asher. “Awww poor Asher,” one comment read. “He is so Adorable! I love how direct he was when he walked right up to Ian and then stood by Jasmine’s side.”
But while Asher’s reaction may have come a surprise to those who didn’t know him, his mom knew what he was like. “Asher has always been a mommy’s boy,” she told the Daily Mirror. “I expected a reaction like this out of him. He becomes very territorial over me.”
But after the video of Asher went viral, Brannan was keen to clarify that he and Faulkner get on very well indeed. “Despite his reaction, Asher loves Ian, and the first time he told him so, it was a very sweet moment,” she said.
Brannan revealed that her engagement was not the first time that Asher showed an interest in romantic relationships. “Asher’s obsession with marriage came when his father got married in November, and it’s sparked his interest since then,” his mom revealed.
In fact, after Brannan’s engagement, Asher began thinking long and hard about what he wanted from marriage. And he concluded that his main priority was to find a girl who was willing to live as close to his beloved mom as possible.
Whatever the future holds for little Asher, Brannan just hopes that his sweet personality continues to shine through. “I’ve always thought he was the funniest kid around, and it’s incredible to see others witness what a little joy he is too,” the proud mom said.