I think dating, in general, is a disservice to marriage.
Think about it.
When you are getting ready for a date what do you do?
You wash, dry, and style your hair.
You make sure your makeup is perfect.
You smell good.
You wear the perfect outfit.
You might have even just purchased the perfect outfit.
Your coordinate your jewelry to match your perfect outfit.
You smile and laugh at your date's jokes.
You say all the right things.
Your date opens the door for you.
He takes you to a nice restaurant.
He smells good.
He takes off his baseball cap for the evening.
He listens when you talk.
You go for romantic walks, holding hands and talking about the future.
And then BOOM, you get married.
And you don't wash your hair for days, because who has time?
You don't put your makeup on because again, who has time?
You put on your oldest and rattiest sweatshirt because it's comfortable.
You wear pants that are 10 years old because the cute pants you bought just last year don't fit.
And they don't fit because going to the gym has become a thing of the past.
And you can't buy new pants because it's either that or pay the heating bill.
You serve macaroni and cheese for dinner.
Instead of smelling good you hope you remembered deodorant and to brush your teeth.
YOU are the one wearing the baseball cap.
You say to your husband, "Can you turn off the game for 2 minutes and listen to me?"
You never wear jewelry, except your wedding ring...when you remember to put it on.
Instead of going for romantic walks you sit on the couch and watch TV.
And the game of Angry Birds has taken the place of cuddling once you are in bed.
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A Love Note:
I promise that tomorrow I will comb my hair.
And can I have the credit card? I need a new outfit.
Love, Your Wife
PS. I have NEVER served macaroni and cheese for dinner. But that's only because it's rare that I actually serve dinner. Poor Jason.