From the second I knew about my son’s upcoming arrival, the same questions kept coming up, the biggest one being, “Are you married?”
After I answered no, everyone seemed to assume that my son’s father was out of the picture. To their surprise, my son’s father is very much involved.
I would just look at them and say “You know it’s possible to be in a relationship with someone, have a child and not be married, right?”
It’s not just random strangers that had this skewed view on what defined a family. My partner’s family and my family also shared the same idea. During every one of my son’s unveilings the someone would always ask, “So when are you guys getting married?”
I would just reply “Why fix what’s not broken?”
I worry for people who run and get married when they have a child, I worry that they’re rushing into something that they didn’t need to hurry. Not everyone is ready to get married as soon as they know they’re going to be a family.
Some people are ready — and that’s awesome, but my partner and I weren’t. We didn’t think were ready to have a child when we did, so why would we throw a wedding on top of that?
I felt us not getting married and rushing into things was the most mature thing to do, since we did rush into have a child.
My son lives in a very loving home with his two very loving parents. My partner and I share our lives together and now share a son. We are a family. Yet we aren’t married, nor do we plan to be any time in the near future.