Indeed, every man (and his dog!) that we knew seemed to be in love and skipping hand in hand through the tulips. As a result, 'wedding season' this year starts in October (Halloween to be precise...hmm...what does that tell you?!) and sees us through most weekends till Christmas.
For a while there my usual cynicism about weddings and marriage and all things 'uniting two people together forever' was muted and I almost allowed myself to get wrapped up in the exuberance and wonderment and joy that was all around me.
Now, any one who knows me well would tell you how out of character that was. Don't get me wrong; I love my other half more than I ever thought possible. We bounce off each other. He is a very calming influence on me and for this I (And my family and friends.) am eternally grateful.
I appreciate how lucky I have been to find him and let's not forget how lucky he is to have found me, but we're missing one vital element; We have no apparent need to get married. We won't be bethrothing each other for better or worse, for richer or poorer and in sickness and health, because we've actually been there, done that and worn the t-shirts already.
When I was ill following a series of operations, he was there for me all the way;
In sickness and health.
When I quit work in pure exasperation, he supported me in my choice;
For better or worse.
And now that he has been made redundant I can return those favours and be supportive of him;
For richer or poorer.
The sad thing is that now, a month on from the initial flurry of aforementioned wedding invites and love and skipping through tulips, my cynicism has been restored. And I have to say, that for the first time ever, I want to swallow my cynicism and be proven wrong; I want to be shown that relationships and marriages can and do work. But alas, all I have heard so far this month is news of break-ups and separations.
To those friends enduring this current tribulation, I say hang on in there and stay strong and I wish upon you a relationship like the one I know...and love.
Click the pic below for some single girl dance moves!