An Open Letter to My Married Friends

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Dear My Married friends,

Let me start by explaining that all my words are coming out of utmost love and respect for you. I am happy that you are married. I applaud you for not giving up on marriage like I did. There is no bitterness here at all.  In talking to my single friends over the years, I realize that there is a common feeling we all have about you. I am therefore writing this letter to you on behalf of all my single friends. Again, please note that this letter is coming from a good place and that I have the highest respect for the institution of marriage.

Here are 3 things we want all our married friends to know.

The marital problems and difficulties you share with us impacts us more than you know

We were friends before you got married and we remain friends after you got hitched. In some cases, we met after you got married. No matter how we met, you know we will always be here for you. We will never discourage you from sharing or complaining to us about your marital problems. We all complain about our relationships to a third party sometimes. Complaining about relationships problems is not unique to married folks only. We, your single friends come to you for advice or to complain sometimes.

Here is the problem though. The single issues and drama we share with you will not impact or affect you in any way. Your marriage problems and difficulties on the other hand, does impact us when you share them.  Your marital drama either make us glad that we are still single or you scare the crap out of us.

Let me explain further. First of all, you may not realize it but you are brutally honest with your single friends when you share your marital problems.  There is a reason why you are brutally honest with us. You know we will not judge you. We have all the time in the world to listen to you. You tell us things you will be ashamed to share with your priest or your pastor. You are brutally honest with us because your married friends may set you straight if you go to them with your problems. Your married friends will make you feel like your problems are nothing compared to theirs. You need your married friends to know that your union is perfect.

You won’t hear this response from me. “Is that what you complaining about? You should hear what my husband does to me.”

Sometimes, we learn a thing or two from you when you share your marital issues. I must admit that sometimes we find your  drama very entertaining. You are giving me a break from my sometimes lonely existence.

So I am all ears. Screw Netflix! Hit me with some real life drama!

Tell me again about how your wife just lays there like a piece of log during sex

Tell me again about how your husband has lost his freaky side

Tell me again about how your husband does not believe in Valentine’s day anymore; about how he never takes you out to nice restaurants anymore

Tell me again about how your wife is no longer sexually appealing to you because she gained weight after childbirth

Tell me again about how after 10 years of marriage, the same person who could not keep his hands of you barely touches you. I especially love the part where you guys used to do it in the backseat of your car, in the kitchen, in the guest bathroom at your parent’s house

Tell me again about how your husband is “so African” because he won’t hold your hand in public

Tell me again about how your husband is “so African” because he won’t say I love you or kiss goodnight

Tell me again about how your wife is draining you financially because of her extended family needs back in the motherland

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I am your marriage therapist. Of course, I am highly qualified for the role because I am not married. It is interesting how you want me to just listen and not offer any advice. I am a sounding board to you. But hey, like I said, I do not mind listening to you. I do not mind been your sounding board. I do not mind dedicating hours listening to your sometimes painful marital problems. I just want you to be aware of a fact you may be ignoring every time you come to me.

The fact that your marital problems impacts my outlook of marriage.

Remember how you always tell me that I am lucky because I am single? Remember how you tell me you wish you were in my shoes sometimes? Your marital drama is so messed up, you actually make me question if marriage is even worth it. Every time you tell me I am lucky, I am not sure how to feel. It is no longer fun when all our conversations somehow end up with you talking about how difficult marriage is and how it is just the worst decision anyone could make.  How do you think I feel given the fact that I want to get married some day?

When I get off the phone with some of you, I am reminded suddenly that I actually enjoy the sound of silence; that I miss the sound of silence.

We do not wish to remain single forever

I want you to consider a sobering fact. Despite your views and thoughts about us, please know that most of us actually want to join your club. We do not wish to stay single forever.  Do not look at our Facebook postings and think we do not want to settle down. Most of our outings have a dual purpose. We want to be out of the house and have some fun. At the same time, we are hoping to meet that one special person and join your club. We do want to get married despite the image you see us portray. We know marriage is not an easy club to join. We don’t walk around thinking ours will be better than yours.

We are really imposters masquerading as if we don’t want to get married.

We also have our own issues. The process we go through trying to find someone can be very frustrating and difficult. Our hearts are getting broken out there, our hopes are getting dashed, we are hemorrhaging money on dates and the search, we are dealing with constant harassment from people we don’t want to be with. Let’s not forget the messy break ups and the constant reminders from you and our families to settle down. None of these issues we are facing is having an impact on you, right?

Here is what you should do sometimes:

You should ask us sometimes how we are feeling about going through life without a partner

You should ask us sometimes the challenges we face living alone and not having someone to share our lives with

You should ask us sometimes about our success stories and our big moments; not a lot of people are interested in our accomplishments and stories

You should ask us about our fears of living alone; our fear that we may not wake up one day and no one will know for days

You should ask us about how we take care of ourselves when we get sick

You should ask us how we manage to pay all the bills by ourselves with one income

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When you come crying to us, you are adding to our worries. We care about you so we hurt when you are hurting. Over the years, we have heard some of you say, “I remember what it was like to be in your shoes.” Sometimes we wonder if you really do remember. We wonder if you remember the fact that the single life can be extremely lonely. The single life can be rough on certain days’ especially holidays.

All we are asking is that you remember what it was like for you before you start telling us about your marital issues. All we are asking is that you be considerate of the impact you having on our views of marriage when you talk to us about your problems.

Don’t bring your other half EVERYWHERE

We are friends and we like to connect with you sometimes. We are however, lone wolves. We don’t always like to be a third wheel. We have nothing against your partners but you do not have to always bring them along every time we meet. Sometimes we just want to catch up with you over lunch or dinner. We have single juicy secrets and stories to share with you and laugh about. It gets awkward if you show up with Adwoa swinging from your arm.

Do come out and listen to us sometimes, encourage us, give us hope, be in our corner. We do not want to hear about how your husband Abiola, snores like a horse and keeps you up at night. Do pick up the tab for us sometimes. We could use a break from the cash we are spending on dates.

Today, we just want to chill and have some laughs with you. Tomorrow, you can call me and tell me all about Abiola’s snoring.

Let me just add that we are not a bad influence on your other half. Yes, I know you think I am a bad influence on your partner. Your other half told me. Like I said, you are all  brutally honest with us. Seriously though, we have no intentions of taking your other half on a date hunting expedition. Trust me, if we are on the prowl, we are rolling with other lone wolves. We are not taking your other half to a place full of insanely hot singles and tempting him or her.

When we do go out with your other half, we are very protective of them. Don’t think your other half is doing the naughty things his or her single friends are doing at a bar or a club.  Have some faith in your other half. If your partner steps out of line, we’ve got your back. The last thing we want is to be blamed for your failed marriage.

My Married Friends, we will always be here for you. You know we love you. We have remained friends with you through your crazy moments, through your marriage drama, your little moments and your big moments. We remained friends with you when you went back to your partner after you caught him or her cheating. We don’t get mad when we see you in public swooning over the same person you were complaining about last night. We don’t want you to stop coming to us. We just want you to be aware of the impact you are having on us. We just want you to ask us how we are doing sometimes, check on us, know that we have our own issues too.

I know my advice does not mean much to you. However, you have given me a front row seat to your marriages so let me just say this.

Fight for each other

Go to God when you are having problems. Make Him your sounding board

Surround yourself with good Christian friends and couples

Go for professional marriage counseling if you need to

Be considerate when you run crying to your single friends about the difficulties in your marriage

Let me conclude this letter with these wise words by Jimmy Durante from his song “The Glory of Love.”

You gotta laugh a little

You gotta cry a little

You gotta win a little

You gotta lose a little

That is the story of Love

That is the glory of Love

Yours Truly,

Your Single Brothers and Sisters

PS: We have decided to start charging for our listening services. It’s not much. Just $100 every hour we have to listen to your drama. We think the fee is reasonable. I am sure you will agree  🙂

Kwadjo Panyin…

Author: Kwadjo Panyin

Kwadjo Panyin is a Ghanaian born relationship and lifestyle blogger located in Los Angeles, California. He holds three degrees; a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, an MBA from Franklin University in Ohio and a Masters of Science degree from Northern Kentucky University in Kentucky. Kwadjo is a business professional who blogs for fun. His articles are about the challenges of dating and relationship anomalies. Writing, blogging, world travel, and photography are his favorite hobbies.

13 Comments

  1. Alpha says:

    Great piece, I love it

  2. Carol says:

    I am single also and could even add a few more to your list. I have often complained to others how insensitive some of my married friends are when it comes to venting and at the same time they can be very judgemental of others. Very will written and thanks for venting on behalf of all singles. BUT by the way not all single are lonely. There are various reasons why someone maybe single.

    • kwadjopanyin@gmail.com says:

      Thanks for your comment. I am glad you can relate and I appreciate the feedback about loneliness 🙂

  3. Maame says:

    Kwadjo I love your wit and your writing. I wish you could have seen the different expressions on my face whilst reading 🙂 Keep up the good work

  4. angelina says:

    Wooooooooow is all I can say..kudos to you#thanks u made my evening worthy

  5. Jay J says:

    I have really learnt a lesson, never thought of how my issues would impact them. U have a sense of humour too. God bless you

  6. Lily says:

    Kwadjo I’ve fallen in love with you wait. Lol, our married friends we love you but yea be considerate sometimes. Tougher on us women, there some friends who cut ties with their single girlfriends as soon as their marriages. Others see us as bad influence or that “we’re out to get them “. others make it seem like we have no idea what marriage is about. As a single girl you’re expected to do longer hours at work, you’re expected to be satisfied with your salary and not ask for a raise, you’re expected to be at all church functions cos you no one is waiting on you home. hmmmm Kwadjo buff said, u berra come g let’s change our single status ooo. Big ups man

    • kwadjopanyin@gmail.com says:

      Thanks for your comment :). I appreciate the feedback. The additional items you added compliment the piece. Thanks again and I will look to change my single status soon 🙂

  7. Editta says:

    This really made me chuckle all through. You certainly did not hold back and I identified with all you said!! I guess sometimes when people have problems they get so absorbed in these problems that they forget about the other people they are sharing their problems with. I guess we’re all human. But very well said!!!

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