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The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side

You’ve heard the term, “The grass is always greener on the other side”. Even though we could apply this old saying to just about everything in life, it seems that it is never more true than when individuals contemplate their marital status.

Many single people want desperately to be married and are on a never ending search for that one special person or soul mate and married people at times want to be single again when their lives weren’t so complicated and worries of their spouses and their children weren’t even a thought. In reality, there are pros and cons to both sides.

Having never been married, I can only reveal the side of the “single” person. It’s very freeing to know that I can do whatever I want, whenever I want, without time constrictions and without constant worry about other people. I can play my music loud, watch whatever shows I like, date whomever I want, come home at any hour, and spend my money frivolously, all without concern. It can also be very lonely at times. Cooking for myself is a breeze because I hardly ever do it. Grocery shopping is difficult and expensive for one, although I’ve been told it’s a great place to meet guys. The only people I seem to meet in my local store are married women pushing 3 screaming kids around in their carts. Expensive store bought food quickly goes bad sitting in the fridge of a single person so I either dine out in restaurants or order food in. Although it’s easy it can also be embarrassing. Snickers from the customer service person taking my order are evident as she looks at her computer screen revealing the fact that this is delivery #1520. I knew I was in trouble when the Pizza Pizza delivery guy greeted me at my door with “Hi Lori, here’s your food”.

There is an abundance of friends, lots of good times out on the town and martini celebrations at my place that run into the wee hours of the morning. It’s all a blast, but girl talk and constant complaining about the men in our lives gets old real fast. There are lots of invitations to parties and getting all dressed up in my latest fashion purchase is also fun but once I get there it’s mostly couples looking at me with pity because I am “unmarried”. It’s on those nights that I want to forgo my cherished independence. I want to run home, begin dating my Pizza Pizza delivery guy, get married and have lots of children. After all, he knows my name and my preference in food.

Then I get back to reality remembering the women from the grocery store, looking frazzled and overwhelmed. Sure the “grass might be greener on the other side”, but we never seem to look at the fact that there might be weeds and constant mowing involved.

©Lori Weisbrod


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