Post # 1
Confession: I’m not a naturally optimistic person. I tend towards “realistic”, but typically people perceive me as downright pessimistic. There are occasions, however, where I feel optimism is truly necessary — and being a twenty-something planning a wedding is one of those times. So, for your reading pleasure, a little piece of optimism:
For every questioning parent, unprofessional vendor, nosy friend, or question-happy stranger who says “Why aren;t you waiting?”, “Is this something you’re ready for?”, or “You’re HOW old?”…
I remind you of the supportive friend, delighted aunt, congratulatory busdriver, perky manicurist, and hug-happy boss who says “YAY, finally!”, “You’re glowing!”, or “Tell me EVERYTHING!”
My 94-year-old grandmother told me this morning, “You are some of the lucky ones. Anyone who finds love in their life should be happy, regardless of when it happens, but only you can feel the wonder that is young love. Live it and rejoice in it.”
Here’s to young love, everyone!
Post # 3
Thanks for posting this. 🙂 So true, and made my day.
Post # 6
awww, i love that. true indeed 😀
Post # 7
Love it! And I can totally relate to the “realist perceived as pessimist” thing, but honestly, since I found the love of my life, it’s been so much easier for me to keep my outlook positive!
Post # 8
I can really relate to being the realistic one, and this made my morning! Thank you for reminding me to be grateful for the support I DO have. 🙂
Post # 9
This was great! Thanks for sharing!
Post # 10
When you find love younger, you have more years to be happy together.
Some people are too young and naive, and others have really found their other half really early. Of those, I am jealous! 😉
Post # 11
@kirabee: I have to agree! My Fiance is what I call a “professional optimist”, in that he feels it’s his duty to remain staunchly optimistic in the face of my, ahem, realism… but, as you said, his very presence makes me happier and (dare I say it) a tad more positive!
@hsaas91: Sometimes it’s the hardest thing to remember the good comments when the negative ones stick the most.
@egb: Indeed, it’s an important distinction between the naive and the loved. It may be the folks that are too young who give us youngER people the bad reputation, but I consider it our job to raise the standard.
Sigh… another of grandmother’s gems: “You’re a woman WITH a man, not a girl who HAS a man like a child has a stuffed animal. Never, ever forget that.”
Post # 12
Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful woman.
Perhaps it’s not so much young in age, but like you implied, the naive and young in terms of maturity that give young marriages a bad reputation. It’s a shame, but that’s when people like your grandmother can make us smile and remember the perks of a young marriage/love.
Post # 13
This is so sweet! ( : it just made my day, thanks so much for sharing!