You’ve got your work cut out for you, my darling.
I promise I will not try to make your life difficult. In fact, I’ll do whatever I can to help you, to ease your spirit and give you comfort. But I’d be lying if I acted like I didn’t know I’m a bit of a handful, and I think you deserve to know why.
Men have abandoned me my entire life.
The first was my father. When it was time to choose between alcohol or me, his addiction made the choice for him. He left our family. He died a few years later.
The second was my first love. He took all he could from me, then threw me aside. He decided I was good enough to cook and clean and coddle him, but not good enough to be his girlfriend.
The third was the boyfriend who assaulted me. He didn’t ask for my consent. Maybe he didn’t think he needed to. Or maybe he felt like I wasn’t worth asking.
The fourth was the fiancé who tokenized me. He wanted all I had to offer, but not me as a person. His true feelings showed when I ended our engagement; he told me just how terrible he thought I was.
The fifth was the fiancé who abused me. He hurt me mentally, emotionally, and physically. He gaslit me. He expected me to do all the housework, pay all the bills, and raise all of his children. He spent all of my money. He tried to strangle me.
That cruel man was the last to break my heart before I met you.
In spite of all the negative, I still believe in love. And when I love, I love HARD. It may take time for me to give you my heart, but if and when I do, you get all of it.
I’ve decided to give my heart to you, future husband. I expect few things in return.
I expect you will treat me gently and with kindness.
I expect you will defend me and protect me from anyone or anything that attempts to do me harm.
I expect you will listen to me. Pay attention to my words and actions. I say what I mean and mean what I say—all you have to do is listen.
I expect you will be there for me when I need you.
All of these expectations are ones I have for myself also. I will be kind. I will defend you. I will listen to you. I will be there for you whenever or whatever the circumstance.
I will treat you how I want to be treated.
Because even though men have abandoned me and broken my heart, the strong women in my life taught me to always treat others with the respect and dignity I want to receive. And I will. You will have my full, never-ending adoration, respect, and love until you treat me like you no longer deserve it.
Marriage is something I plan to do once and only once. Choosing a husband is not a choice I make lightly. It means a lot to me.
It means I’ve found the man who will treat me the way all the other men didn’t…
…like someone worthy of love.