I was having a drink with a friend a few nights ago when two older gentlemen sat down next to us. One donned a wedding band; the other sans. We were having separate conversations until I turned to him and said: How long have you been married?
He responded with: "About three weeks," to which me and my friend burst out laughing. Much to their "what's so funny" inquiries, we explained that we weren't expecting such a short time frame, being that he looked to be about forty (he was actually forty-one). I asked why he waited so long to get hitched and he said he'd been married before, when he was in his twenties and how it had been more of a passion-filled, infatuation-esque relationship versus his new bride who was his "best friend." His buddy, who had been quiet up until this point, then asked if I had ever been married. I responded no and I guess he caught something in my tone as he followed up with, "what's your issue with marriage?" I told him briefly that I had no issue, but that I subscribed to the last one down the aisle notion, that I'd almost made the mistake once before, that I'd never do it again. I'd just wait it out, fight the good fight. He nodded in agreement as I explained, but you know what ol married dude said? "But don't you want kids?"
Sure, that's the only reason women are plopped on earth, right? I told him I didn't know and while they were a little thrown off, they got over it, brushing it off with, "you want children, you just haven't met the right one to have them with yet."
Thanks, for figuring it all out, Mr. Freud. And being that they're in their forties, it's possible they know more than I do, but the point is this: as we continued to discuss marriage and relationships, I found out that his summer was similar to mine in that his social circle was full of weddings...except his were second time weddings. Most of his friends had all been married before and had moved on from starter wife to future second ex-wife. I'm kidding, but seriously, you have to admit that this last one down the aisle idea is pretty spot on. Spend your twenties traveling, building a career, enjoying a full social life, dating, and more importantly, learning who you are! I'm not saying blow off whoever you're lovin on during your twenties, but keep it in perspective. If you plan on spending the rest of your lives together anyway, what's wrong with waiting a little while longer to ensure you make it to the finish line?
That bitch stole my line,