I read posts by three single bloggers this week lamenting, to one degree or another, their respective states of singleness:
- Miss O'Hara frames her complaints with observations about how men care too much about physical beauty and have unrealistic expectations concerning such. I don't disagree that men place too much emphasis on how a woman looks, but I would like to point out that it's not just men. I've noticed that women care at least as much, if not more, as men do about how the women around them look. The standard for physical perfection is more cultural than male.
- Messy Christian has similar complaints, as does her mother who recently asked her, "How would you feel, if you're still single at 40 and you have take out your womb in an operation?" Eh. Nothing like maternal pressure to brighten one's day.
- Lest it appear that men wield all the power in the process of mate-choosing, I would point to MCF's post that begins, "I'll never understand women." I know MCF, and while he's something of a geek, he would make a fine companion for any woman that would have him. And yet, the most attention he gets from women is when they get slobbering drunk and/or accidentally knock him down with an SUV.
As a side note, I remember vividly what it was like to be single, lonely, and despairing of ever finding someone to grow old with. At one point, I was so convinced I would never marry that I said as much in writing. Single friends, I understand what you're going through. Just don't give up hope.
Don't read this. It's just silly. Of course, it's from Peachwater, Tx., so what else would you expect?
Totem to Temple questions the motives of pastors who require couples to go through premarital counseling before they will officiate a wedding for them. I have my own thoughts on the matter, but I'll save them for another post.
There's a lot that I want to change about this site's design. One thing is the left-hand column of links. There are several blogs I need to add, and a few that are there that I don't read much and should probably delete. One of the blogs I want to add is California Hammonds, written by Greg Hammond. I found it via a comment he left in Friday's post. In it, Greg chronicles his life as he raises three daughters and continues to mourn in the wake of his wife's death earlier this year. I can't imagine the strength and courage a man must find in order to carry on the way he has. He is in my prayers, and as soon as I get this site redesigned, he'll be on my blogroll as well.