(Closed) Feeling completely devastated.

posted 8 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

OMG you’re not defective! Talk to him – calmly, if you can – and ask him the question about college point blank. The other reasons do make sense, but ask him about the college question. You deserve to know. Also, be honest with him about the timeline, remind him of previous discussions. Please let him know how you feel, and please don’t blame yourself for him waiting! There’s nothing wrong with you, Tacos!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

are you sure he wasnt pulling your leg? the week FI proposed, he told me (literally the 2 days before the proposal) that he thought maybe we should slow down the wedding talk….he did this to THROW ME OFF!!! I started crying, but I stopped marriage talk completely for those two days, thinking that i was scaring him….Then he turned around and popped the question a couple of days later, all within his plan!  Dont feel bad, seriously, I am sure he has stuff up his sleeve and wants to catch you off guard as much as possible.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Re: the college thing. No, it is not a prerequisite to being engaged generally… but maybe it is for him? I don’t know what your situation is or what your career goals/plans are, but maybe he is worried that you are not motivated career-wise? I don’t think it is unfair to want to know that your partner has career goals and aspirations that they are working towards before you commit to being with them. Once again, I have no clue what your situation is so maybe you are working towards your goals in other ways… but (call me what you may), I wouldn’t marry someone who hadn’t completed a degree program, gotten a job, and shown some kind of ambition in that arena of their life. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

awww ((((HUGS)))) tacos!!! what a crappy feeling.

i think men just need to feel like things are secure, and it seems like your man is just looking out for your best interests and for your long term security. i know it doesn’t feel like that at all right now, but think about it this way: even if you haven’t finished college by the time you get married, you’ll be well on your way to having a degree that will get you an awesome job and if (God forbid) anything should happen to your BF, you’ll be able to support yourself, which I think is really important in this day and age.

i totally know what you’re going through with all the questions from family and friends (i got lots of “did santa leave you anything sparkly under the tree this year?? ugh!!), but they will be understanding if your timeline shitfs a little. i think you should continue to negotiate with your man and maybe try to reach some sort of compromise? it seems like there is some happy middle ground that could be found so you just need to keep working on it. the timing of your marriage can’t be totally about fulfilling his needs and meeting his criteria. there’s a happy solution, i know it.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Tacos, how old are you? He still hasn’t met your parents? If you are still ‘college age’ and by that I mean 18-22ish, he might have a point. When you go away to college you change so much your old self is almost unrecognizable. People change dramatically during those years. And also, he might be afraid that you’ll give up your dreams if you’re planning a wedding and I guarantee that will come back to bite you later.

Sorry, I know it’s not what you want to hear right now. The other thing is, I gave FI a timeline too and we did have a few serious ‘timeline’ discussions. He would also make light comments about when he might propose and it was waaaay after the end of my timeline which lead to me giving him an ultimatium (and meaning it!). He wasn’t taking me seriously. He hadn’t bought a ring. He thought he could drag his feet and since I loved him I’d be okay with it. Let me tell you, I wasn’t and he realized I was serious when I told him to move out and decide what he really wanted. We got engaged about a week later. The thought of life without me FINALLY sunk in and scared him so bad. Now, he thanks me for pushing him.

So think about what is really important to you and stick up for yourself. But if you are ‘college age’ I would seriously recommend changing your attitude a little about the timeline. You were right – in the grand scheme of things it’s not that important as long as you two end up together.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Oh mmmtacos I’m really sorry.  I would have a very very calm discussion with him about his memory of the timeline.  I don’t like that he’s ignoring it as if it isn’t important.  Him being ready to get engaged is really important but so is how long you’re willing to wait.  You gave him a timeline and now he’s acting as if it doesn’t matter.  That’s not cool.  If he didn’t feel comfortable with it he should have spoken to you about it otherwise he should be expecting you to break up with him (I know you won’t actually break up with him if he needs more time but he needs to communicate his needs).  He’s got to take you seriously. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My FI was adamant that we both had to be out of college and with jobs before he would propose.  He refuses to be the reason I make choices and if I had found my dream job in a different location than him he wanted me to take it.  I don’ think there is anything wrong with waiting.

 

Also I was getting all the when are you getting engaged question before hand too.  We started dating my senior year of HS and he didn’t propose until 9 months after I graduated college.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Whoa mmmtacos that changes things a lot.  I would strongly strongly advise you not to start college without a wedding ring, not even an engagement ring.  What is he thinking?!  You can’t depend on him without that legal protection and get totally screwed in case of break up.  If he wants you to go to college and not get married yet he should be willing to sign a legal contract saying he’ll support you or something.  He’s probably just not thinking but this sounds very fishy.

Post # 13
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1154 posts
Bumble bee

Is he willing to transfer the entire cost of tuition of two year into your bank account right now?  If not he has no business pushing college on you.

Post # 14
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6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hmm.. Okay. The problem I would have is that I would be depending on him for financial support while in school without any kind of commitment from him. That is understandable. Can you turn the tables on him and say you won’t go to school without a ring? I know it’s kind of extreme, but I can tell you are upset about the situation. You need to feel comfortable and safe in the relationship, I can tell you for sure I didn’t feel comfortable and safe living with FI before we were engaged. Hence, the ultimatim.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

tacos – you have a good point. i think, then, you do need a REALLY firm commitment if you’re going to quit your job and go to pharmacy school. (yay for that – my mom is a pharmacist!!). i still advocate negotiating but i think you need to be firm about having “sealed the deal” if you will if this is your life plan and you should both be supporting each other’s decisions.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Mine wants me to graduate college…(december of next year) Don’t focus on engagment you probably might drive him nuts and then he’ll be like forget it all together. Focus on school, have your own things apart from him, which I’m sure you do all ready. You are still very young..I am too (22), but engagement…marriage isn’t all it is cracked up to be so why rush it…maybe he feels you are immature and need to grow..(I hope I didn’t offend) My SO is really my first bf..I have dated before, but he is my first real relationship, and he wonders whether I need my time to enjoy life go out dancing meet other people before I get married so I don’t feel resentment towards him..but of course I am mature enough to not even mention it anymore..we’ve discussed it …and it will happen when the time comes…you should be worried about making your relationship last ..and take care of what you have …talking about it …pressuring him is only going to scare him away…because guys are stupid like that.

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