Marriage Is Not a Promotion
The billboard for a local jewelry store said, “Isn’t it time you gave her a promotion?” The “promotion” appeared to be an engagement ring. I have written previously about why I am jaded when it comes to love. Even so, I prefer to think of myself as a romantic. Therefore, it bothers me when I think of a man deciding to become engaged to a woman simply because it is “time” for her promotion from girlfriend to fiance.
This promotion concept reminded me of a movie. Have you seen The Wedding Singer? Actor Matthew Glave played the part of a philandering jerk well. Glave’s character, who fancied himself to be Don Johnson, decided to ask Drew Barrymore’s character to marry him merely because she had put in the requisite time with him. Marriage is already tricky enough without treating it so flippantly. Luckily Barrymore’s character, Julia, found out about the true nature of Glave’s character, Glenn, before it was too late.
I suppose I should not be surprised that some would call this serious step a promotion, however. We live in an era where couples choose divorce before counseling. Do people even enter marriage with the expectation that only death will part them? My ex-wife did not. It makes me feel as if I were born in the wrong era. I should have been born during a time when sweethearts from elementary school married and lived out the rest of their lives together. I would gladly give up the age of Internet and smartphones for that opportunity.
Sigh. I suppose I can only say, “C’est la vie.” I am not as foolish as Thomas Day, the British author and abolitionist who thought he could take a younger woman and raise her, training her to be his ideal wife. (How creepy is that!) Hopefully, I am just a really late bloomer and will find “the one” before exiting this life.
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Hi, my name is Brent. Christian. 親日. ENFP. Music lover. I've channeled my ADHD into becoming a generalist. I enjoy writing and illustrating.