Dating vs. Married

When you’re dating, he is always on time, freshly shaved, smelling good and packing plenty of cash. She always has full eyeshadow, a trendy shirt and never eats more than half her meal. Once rings are exchanged, the smell-good stuff wears off and nobody can remember where the debit card is.

Here are a few examples of the many significant changes in dating versus married life.

Dating: He says “I’ll take you to the movies,  and we’ll watch anything you want.”
Married: He says “If you ever make me watch The Vow again, we’re done.”

Dating: “This full-size bed is all we need. Let’s never get a bigger mattress, okay?”
Married: “This new king-size bed is so awesome, last night I didn’t even know you were in it.”

Dating: She thinks Oh my gosh, I think I have gas! Hold it, hold it, hold it….he’s almost asleep….keep holding….yawn…it’s morning, we’re in the clear!
Married: She says “How mad would you be if I gave you a covered wagon?”

Dating: He says “Go ahead, honey, you can have the first heel shot.”
Married: He says “You better kick your horse up, ’cause we ain’t scared to cut off a pregnant lady.”

You gotta kick up into position when roping with the wolves. They're looking for blood - or at least the chance to knock your loop out of the air.

You gotta kick up into position when roping with the wolves. They’re looking for blood – or at least the chance to knock your loop loop out of the air. (Tayler Teichert photo)

Dating: He says “Here, I’ll saddle your horse for you.”
Married: He says “Here, I’ll saddle your horse for you.”

I’m a lucky girl and I know it.

Dating: He says “Don’t worry about it; I got the check.”
Married: He says “Did you remember to bring my wallet?”

I really shouldn't raise heck about who remembers to bring the cash; as parents of a toddler living on a remote ranch, I'm just stoked to be on a date without the diaper bag.

I really shouldn’t raise heck about who remembers to bring the cash; as parents of a toddler living on a remote ranch, I’m just stoked to be on a date without the diaper bag.

Dating: “How many kids do you want to have?”
“It doesn’t matter to me, honey. I want what you want.”
Married: “How many more kids do you want to have?”
“Shut up.”

Dating: She says “It doesn’t matter that there are holes in the walls and the carpet is more stained than not; this’ll do just fine for our first home.”
Married: She says “This place is a dump. If you get this job for the winter, I’m going to live in Elko and visit you on the weekends.”

Dating: She says “You’re so sexy when you scoop loop horses in town.”
Married: She says “You’re so sexy when you scoop loop horses in town.”

This picture makes me want to have as many of Jim's babies as he wants. Maybe more.

This picture makes me want to have as many of Jim’s babies as he wants. Maybe more. (Photo by Victoria Jackson)

Dating: He says “Scoot over and I’ll back up the trailer.”
Married: He says “Learn. To. Use. Your. Mirrors.”

Dating: She says “No, babe, you haven’t gained any weight.”
Married: She says “Here’s that diet book you were talking about.”

Dating: He says “Pregnant ladies aren’t that crazy.”
Married: He says “No comment.”

While waiting to get married by Elvis in Reno, we sneaked in a few extra smooches as single people.

While waiting to get married by Elvis in Reno, we sneaked in a few extra smooches as single people.

Even though it is a whole different world with not nearly as many steak dinners at the Star, I’d take my married life over my single life any day. Just as long as I’m married to Jim. I kinda like being married to that guy.

 

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About Jolyn Young

I grew up in California, way up north near the Oregon border. My family raised commercial Herefords long enough to get me hooked on cowboying, for better or for worse, but not for prosperity. I met my husband, Jim, when we were working for neighboring ranches in North Fork, Nevada. We fell in love, got married and had a baby - kind of in that order. We now live on the O RO Ranch in northern Arizona, where Jim works as a cowboy and I take care of our two kids and write a blog and various freelance assignments. I love the Lord and credit Him with all my victories and accomplishments. More important than anything I accomplish or don't accomplish, though, is the eternal salvation of my soul that believing in Jesus promises me. Thanks for your time. Have a great day!
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4 Responses to Dating vs. Married

  1. Rita says:

    I drove past the Alvord this fall. Looked like they were building a new barn or something. Nice place.

    • JolynYoung says:

      We left the Alvord in September. Now we’re at the RO in central Nevada. I know, lots of moving! (See the “So You Wanna Marry a Buckaroo” post). They’re building a shop at the Alvord.

  2. Cheri says:

    You nailed it on the head girl! Lol!
    I work and play with my hubby 24/7. If someone told me I would be working side by side, I woulda laughed. And yes, we are still madly in love, 15 years later. 🙂
    Cheri

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