I Want to Get Married. He Doesn’t.

Dear Robin,

Ten years after we met I still don’t have an engagement ring from my boyfriend Bill.

We have both been married before so I understand his reluctance to settle down again and take a chance on marriage, but this is ridiculous.

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Engagement Broken: What About the Ring?

Readers: apologies for the re-run but Mama is on book deadline.  This is a good one so don’t miss it, PLUS we have an update from the letter writer at the end!  

Dear Robin:

My son (only child) John dated Theresa for three years while he was in medical school. She began to put a good deal of pressure on him to get married and 6 months ago he caved in and they became engaged.

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Should I Call Off My Engagement? (Reader’s Digest Version)


As promised, here is the short version.

Dear Robin:

I’m a 28-year-old college student recently engaged (wedding next summer) to my partner “Jim” of 5 years whom I love fiercely and until a week ago could see myself perfectly content with for the rest of my life.

Upon announcing our engagement, my ex boyfriend and the love of my life (“Scott”) called to congratulate me but then announced he still cares deeply for me. We were together for years, but split because of significant mental health issues (me bipolar, him depression). Now, 7 years later, we are both healthy.

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