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Boss, regarding military life:
“Are you sure you want to marry a soldier??” *snurled lip*
Family friend, regarding long term commitment:
“What?! You’re ENGAGED? Oh my God. That just means you’ll hate him in 20 years.” My mom is present, and tries to intercede with, “Oh honey, you’re just having a marital rough patch, you’ll be okay.” etc… buuutt the woman instists: “No really, the sooner you start off, the faster you hate him. Bad idea. I’m telling you.”
Relative A, regarding engagement and wedding timeline:
“Ooohh 15 months? Well good. Plenty of time for that to fall apart.”
Relative B, regarding my dress selection:
“Does it have sleeves?” I tell her its strapless (southern August wedding. duh?) and she looks away and does that lip-squishing, eyebrow-raising disapproval thing.
Relative B’s inital reaction to engagement news:
“Is she finishing college?”
My family has come to expect this sort of thing now. We have some good laughs over it. In fact, since I’m a younger bride, whenever my dad is asked when my wedding is he’ll say, “August…” watch their eyes bug out at a 3 month engagement and then, “…. of 2014.” and then watch them exhale in relief at my apparent lack of unplanned pregnancy. Mom could kill him over it… Sense of humor is key, ladies. 🙂