Monday, July 11, 2011

The 35-Year-Old Spinster

"You've never been married?"

This wasn't the first time I'd been asked this question, but it always surprises me. I've waited my whole life to find someone who'd want to marry me, but part of me still feels like a kid who's too young to be married. Even though it seems like everyone around me is pairing off.

"No," I scoffed. "Not even close."

A pause.

"How about you? Any kids? Ever been married?"

"Nope," said Joe, a good five to ten years older than me. "I've always wanted to, but..."

"It just never happened," I said.

Joe was speechless.

"I know," I said. "People ask me all the time why I'm not with someone, why I'm not married. They ask me what's wrong, if I'm too picky, whatever, and the answer is: It just never happened."

"Yeah," Joe said. "I'm glad you understand."

It didn't happen between me and Joe either.

The reason?

There was no reason. It just didn't happen.

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