“Life partner’s both sharing love, happiness, joy and sadness together, standing for other whenever require.
A life partner is a romantic or otherwise very close friend for life. The partners can be of the same or opposite sexes, married or unmarried, and monogamous or polyamorous.”
As June is considered to be one of the “wedding months”, it is officially wedding season. A time for couples to say their “I do’s” and tie the knot. Bride and Grooms, Man and Woman, Husband and Wife…traditionally the only way it was done.
But is that the only way?
As a mother of three children; a boy and 2 girls; I have to admit that I looked forward to seeing them find that one person who would be their partner in life. And yes, I was of the thinking that they would find the opposite sex that would fulfill that role. (I was raised by my parents by those traditional beliefs that society and the church has always had).
My son and oldest daughter did exactly that. I watched them both walk down the aisle to their future wife/husband. But my baby; the youngest daughter, would each me a valuable lesson.
I recall when she first told me about her first relationship. I am sure she was concerned on how I would react and if I would view her any different. Of course, she said she was dating someone.
I, of course, wanted to know his name, where he was from, what he did…all the normal mom questions. Her response was; “He is a She”.
From my very core, my heart and head, I had the only response that was right. What is her name? Does she treat you well? Does she respect you? Are you happy?
It was not even a thought process for me that my daughter was in a relationship with another female, that she was a lesbian. I was more concerned that she was happy and treated well.
In the summer of 2018, I watch with as much pride and admiration as I did with my older children; my baby marry her partner. She did find that special one to share her life with. Her partner completes her in every way and I am so proud of them both.
So, to answer the above question; “Is it the only way?”
In this writer’s opinion, NO! As a mom, the answer remains the same. As an individual who was raised in the church, the answer remains the same.
Everybody, I believe, has that one person who is right for them. Someone who will be there for them, support them, love and encourage them, be there for them through thick and thin, the mountain tops and the valleys. I truly believe that as long as you are treated with love and respect, the sex of who you chose to share your life with is of no consequence.
To all those couples who are embarking on a life journey together, Congratulations!
“Love each other. Support one another. Make laughter the soundtrack of your marriage.
Share moments of joy. And even in the hard times, find reasons to laugh.”