(Closed) Feeling some resentment…he couldn’t be that mean….could he??

posted 9 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
1511 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

@ladybug84: Wait it out. I remember your story from before, and yes he broke promises. But unless the damage he has done by not keeping his word is irreversible and will loom over the relationship no matter what, I would let him carry out whatever plan is in his head. I would take his reluctance to elaborate on where the relationship is heading as him plotting in his head and wanting to be somewhat in control of the situation. He may need to mentally prepare himself, and possibly is trying to make sure he surprises you. I mean, why would you both be discussing marriage if it wasn’t headed in that direction? Apparently from reading these boards, most men don’t divulge their proposal plans to their gf’s (at least not in very much detail). If you can trust him, take his talking about the proposal as his absolute intentions. If you cannot trust that these intenions will soon come to fruition (soon as in by the end of the year or whatever timetable you two have discussed), then that is a different issue entirely. If you can’t trust him, this will manifest in other ways even after enagement and marriage, and you should think about thether he is the one.

If you do trust him and know he is the one, don’t pressure him. Take up a short-term hobby (like salsa dance class) to distract you from obsessing, and wait it out one last time. This could be it and if you have a melt down or break up with him, you will never know! I hope you don’t resent him after the proposal for making you wait  this long :).

In the meantime…if you must do something to positively reinforce his impending proposal…give him a “Just Because” card one day telling him how much you love and appreciate him and can’t wait to spend the rest of your life together.

You can do it and good luck!! 

Post # 4
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The fact that you have broken up at least twice over this issue and nothing has been fixed when you get back together – surely tells you perhaps he just doesnt want to get married? *Don’t know your relationship – just an observation on what you have told us*

Just as much as you want to get married and have the right to feel this way, he has just as much right to not to get married..

Unfortunately it takes 2 to walk up the aisle, and I think shotgun weddings are illegal now..

Post # 5
62 posts
Worker bee

You’ve already broken up twice about this issue? You’d think the guy would start getting his stuff together after the first time. But is he at a stable point in his life – done with school, got a decent job, a place to live, etc.? If he doesn’t have that, it’s probably unlikely that it’s going to happen. If he IS settled and stable, then I think you’re within your rights to question why he perpetually makes up plans that he doesn’t intend to keep.

Did the two of you discuss timelines? Ie, when you got back together, was there a discussion akin to, “Within a year, we make our decision about getting engaged?” If you didn’t set a timeline that he agrees with, then I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up in splitsville again. You have to make your boundaries and desires clear, and see where he stands. He’s talking about weddings and what he wants to do, but I see nothing here about a rough time when you can expect this to happen.

Other than that, make sure to build up a life apart from him – your own hobbies and friends to pursue. But if that timeline still doesn’t come through, break up for good and don’t go back. Life is too short to continue breaking up and going back over someone who just won’t marry you, but will continue to be with you so long as you’ll take him back.

Post # 7
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Good luck, and yes I should heed my own advice, I have no idea what timeline me and my SO are working on (if any probably for him!) so I know exactly of your anxiety and nervousness on how he will respond!

I think his reaction will be your knowing.. if he can’t see how important this is to you (and I think you are being very fair on compromising that it doesnt need to be today – but a when?), then don’t make his views important to you.

Best wishes xxx

Post # 9
962 posts
Busy bee

How old are you? How old is he? If you are in your late 20s or older and you really want children it may be wise for you to move on. I know that that may sound harsh, but it is the best advice that I can give.

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