I almost married my best friend when I was 18.
I don’t mean that in the sugary-sweet “we’re so emotionally intimate it when they write about marrying their best friends in their wedding vows that we have silent, meaningful conversations by staring into each other’s eyes” kind of way that people usually mean. Possibilities had been pretty low that we’d ever romantically end up involved—our orientations made that a nonstarter. But we nearly got hitched anyway, because our moms and dads couldn’t (or wouldn’t) assist us pay money for our sophomore several years of university. My educational funding consultant explained wedding had been the least-bad method that people might make ourselves lawfully independent—our other alternatives had been “join the military” or “be 24”—so we got involved during wintertime break.
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Jon’s moms and dads had cut him off financially when he arrived on the scene. Not absolutely all at once—they forced him from their life in fits and begins. They’d have family members supper, then shove him through the cup into the family room screen; simply simply take a holiday, then have him arrested for grand theft car as he drove your family vehicle back again to school. Sooner or later they told him on his own that he had to choose: be straight and get help paying tuition, or be gay and try to make it. (más…)