This is my column from yesterday’s Madame Noire, and I thought that since my hair is starting to fall out from all the NWNW prep, you wouldn’t much mind a little recycling. It’s either this or still photos of fuzzy kittens and bunnies. (Just an aside, but the guy they use as a model has killer abs, but he’s a border-line but-her-face, or but-him-face, to be more precise.)
Now off to sleep I go.
By Christelyn D. Karazin
A very close friend of mine just filed for divorce after a seven-year marriage. The reason? Sheâ€™s 35, wants a baby (which her husband promised, but now reneged) and now feels her ovaries shriveling up like raisins with every passing day.
Of course there are other problems, but the point of this conversation is that my friend is no longer tolerating putting off her dream to be a motherâ€“married with familyâ€“with someone who just doesnâ€™t see things the same way. Smart girl. Get out. Get ALL the way out.
Iâ€™ve seen women wait 10 years for a man to commit, and have given their best reproductive years and the prime of their beauty to boyfriends who keep dangling the marriage carrot (or in this case, karat) just to appease their mates and keep them around for as long as possible.
But then again, we Mesdames have to own our part. Some of us treat our relationships like a marriage rehersal: cooking, cleaning, sexing, having babies and acting like a wife without the benefits. If youâ€™re doing all that, what the hay-ell is the motivation for your mate to put a ring on it?
â€œWomen waste years of their lives with men that have no real plan for a future with them, and are just enjoying the companionship and sex offered by what they perceive to be a casual relationship,â€ says Deborrah Cooper, a dating and relationship expert and blogger for Surviving Dating.
â€œWhen a man is firmly entrenched in a relationship, he will not only â€œmentionâ€ a future, his thoughts will be backed up by solid, clearly identifiable action. He will use words like â€œnext year when we get marriedâ€ or â€œI was thinking about the real estate market and getting a fair price for our current homes when we buy our new house together after weâ€™re married.â€ See the difference? Factual statements followed by action items.â€
Bottom line: The next time you go to the mall with your man and walk by a Zales and mention how pretty that canary diamond ring looks and he rushes to the nearest Foot Locker for some sneakers, you might want to consider who REALLY needs to do some running.