I was at a funeral a few months ago when something was said to me that threw my status as my family's perennial singleton into sharp relief. I was holding my cousin's new baby when a relative called out, "Get a good look at this. Because it'll be the last time you ever see Rachel holding a child. My aunts, uncles, cousins, and even family friends turned their heads to do precisely as they'd been instructed: have a good gawp at me. Someone even took a photo to memorialise this moment.
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I was sure he was the one, I felt ready, and I knew he loved me back, so why not move ahead? Meanwhile, my husband was enjoying our dating relationship, felt no urge to get married right then, and only looked at me blankly when I tried to describe my feelings about the situation. Without even really realizing it, I responded with pressure. My pressure project had backfired. Instead of convincing him to get married, I had only convinced him that I cared more about marriage than about him. And by doing so, I made him into an object of judgment and comparison. We did get married eventually.
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I have been dating my high school sweetheart for 7 years now. He's been telling friends and family for years that he wants to marry me and is going to ask me. But I do not want to buy a house with him until we are at least engaged I'm kinda old fashioned I guess you could say, and I want the commitment from him before I make a big commitment like that. Lately I've been getting extremely impatient on waiting for him to propose. Other then his "commitment issue" hes great and makes me extremely happy.
The day of love is fast approaching, and while some couples have been planning epic surprises for months, Valentine's Day can be a difficult holiday to navigate if you haven't been dating for very long. Trying to find the perfect gift that is appropriate for the age of the relationship is essential. Making too much of an impression could be viewed as coming on too strong, while not putting in enough effort could make the person you're dating feel you aren't committed. If you've been dating for less than a year, let this gift guide help you figure out the best gifts at the right price.