Buy one, get one free. Everybody knows that’s a screamin’ deal. That is, if you want two. But who doesn’t want two? Two is always better than one!

Similarly, good things come to those who pair up, it seems. The second we got married, my husband’s auto insurance rates went way down. As did our health insurance rates.

And of course, we now have two incomes to pay for one set of utilities, one mortgage, one wifi bill, etc., etc., etc.

One family AAA membership costs less than two individual ones. The same can be said of the family plan for one’s phone. And hey, now we can shop at Costco! (I didn’t do that when I was single because the portion sizes were way too big for one person.)

And then there’s the social aspect of coupledom. Suddenly you have twice as many friends, and twice as many opportunities to have fun. You have twice as much family, too, which fortunately is turning out to be a wonderful thing in my case. (Your results may vary.)

You don’t really think of the implications of all this when you’re single. The world is really set up for us to go two by two, as if it’s one big Noah’s Ark. When you get married, you give yourself an instant raise, and you join a much wider support system.

I hope I’m not turning into one of those obnoxious people who try to force relationships upon everyone. I’m just pointing out that it’s really a completely different world on so many levels. Who knew?

king penguins

I wrote an actual book, and you can own it! How cool is that?

4 thoughts on “Coupledom

  1. Angiportus

    Well, yes…how come we singles don’t get a discount? How come we asexuals, aromantics, and non-kid-likers have to put up with morons who try to tell us we will change one of these days? And if two decide to share a roof for economic reasons, how come their lack of a sexual bond disqualifies them for those benefits? Maybe I could move in with you…JOKE! You probably don’t have room for all my books anyway… Thanks for not being one of those obnoxious people.

    1. Oh, believe me, as a child free person, I heard that “You’ll change your mind” line at least a million times. Like someone else knows my mind better than I do. And it truly is obnoxious. I finally got to age out of that. No one expects me to procreate at age 53. But I suppose there is no end to the couple pressure. But you won’t hear it from me. The only thing you’ll hear from me is that you should determine what makes you happy, and pursue it with every fiber of your being. Rock on, Angi!

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