I think this is perfectly said🙏
This is an interesting take. It speaks to me since marriage seems like it is mostly a production now, but I still believe in it at its core. I don't know about a letter from the government approving what you already know, but I do believe in the religious aspect. I don't know how I would feel about being in a situation like yours, but it does seem more pure than a lot of marriages. Weird.
@GnatSocks Yes, we find how we feel somewhat unusual ourselves but we are happy and as I say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The hardest part for us is that we do accept the religious aspect of it and believe in it. However, even there, we can't put our finger on it, but it just feels contrived somehow. We continue to attend church - we are Catholic - but we play by the rules and do not partake of the sacraments. Of course, we are also raising our children in our faith. That is easy now as they are young and just roll with it. In fact, being young, our biggest problem is making sure that they sit still and behave. However, as they get older, they will likely begin to ask questions and then we have to explain matters when we are not totally sure we can ourselves.That said, we are happy. What my girlfriend and I share is natural and beautiful and we don't want to change it. We don't recommend it to everyone, but for us it has been deep, profound and loving.
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And to be more precise... to me good wife material (besides the obvious stuff people can name), above all else, must be trustworthy. She has earned that.. it's not just given out or a reward for 'time served'. So the woman who does shady things isn't wife material.
This ^ I've seen it over and over in the males of of my family getting screwed by women
yes it's very sad women have the entire judicial system on there side snd they know how to use the system