. . .and you guys too. A female co-worker of mine is dating this guy and she has been forever. She's upset because he hasn't asked her to marry him yet and she's starting to think he doesn't love her. I told her it has nothing to do with that, and it has everything to do with every guy's fear of commitment. I used the following analogy to explain. Here's how it went down. . .
Okay (female co-worker), I want you to think about your favorite chocolate candy in the whole world, you can pick anything, (brief pause while she thought about it). Got it? Okay good. . .
Now imagine that you can have the opportunity, dare I say privilege and honor, of having a lifetime supply of that candy AND you can eat it whenever and wherever you want (okay guys, I know the whenever and wherever part is a stretch, but bear with me). Sound great, right, but there are just a few conditions:
First, by agreeing to accept the lifetime supply of your favorite chocolate, you have to agree to give up every other kind of chocolate candy in the world forever, and this even includes that new, young chocolate candy that is on all the shelves.
Second, when you commit to your favorite chocolate, all other kinds of chocolate will be paraded in front of you on a daily basis, and you'll notice it more than ever before. You'll see hot chocolate in commercials, and on magazine covers, and you will notice that dark chocolate bar next to you in line at the grocery store. . .And not that any of this other chocolate is better than your chocolate at home, it will just be different, that's all.
And lastly, your man will go out of his way to point out other chocolate candy to you all the time by saying things like "That chocolate looks smooth and creamy doesn't it?" or "That chocolate bar has big mounds. . .you like big mounds don't you?" or "Can you believe the slutty wrapper that chocolate has on?!?!" Then he'll just wait for you to answer and when you do, he'll get mad, go to be early, and leave you sleeping on the couch, dreaming about the chocolate bar with the big mounds. . .
See (female co-worker), now do you understand why its hard for him to take the plunge? :)
For some reason it didn't make her feel better, even when I told her I was happily married with two beautiful kids. Maybe she'll talk to me next week. . .