Years of Engagement

ringWhen my much younger friend announced her engagement to a man she had been dating for less than two years, I was ecstatic but curious as to how they knew so soon.

She told me that they planned to be engaged “for a very long time,” and that the ring, for now, represented their commitment to each other and shared future. They were in no rush for a wedding in these rough economic times, but they would indeed get married at some point in the next few years.

They had been monogamous, traveled together, had suffered layoffs and crazy family and friend issues, and soon before he proposed, they even moved in together. How lovely, I thought. They are sure it’s going to work out, but they still want to wait. I’d always believed in a long commitment before marriage, but a long engagement seems romantic yet still practical.


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