Rob, that reminds me of where I’m at with a similar subject. I’ve been with my chick for two and a half years. We’ve lived together the whole time. We live life together just as any committed married couple would and could. Still, after only what you’d perceive as such a short amount of time, and regardless of our young age, I’m hearing constantly, “When are you guys getting married?”.
Bitch, I will smack you. I firmly believe that the government documents and stamp of approval are irrelevant to making the situation ‘official’. So, in that light of full awareness that the grueling and money burning process of getting married will ultimately change the current situation zero percent, I instead stare at the people who ask. I don’t give a bullshit small-talk laugh and response. I say nothing to them. My girlfriend’s grandmother said sternly and bluntly to me, “Are you going to marry my granddaughter?”. I laughed and whispered in her ear, “Is this crazy-ass serious? I ain’t sayin’ shit to her”. I have no intentions of appeasing anyone who believes blindly in tradition just because they fell for it when they were young. It’s like when someone has kids at age 17 and asks you when you’re 25, “Jeez, aren’t you ever going to have kids?!”
I swear, one of these times, I’m going to ask in response to that question, “Are you going to pay for it?”.