You have been dating for a while, maybe 1 or 2 years and you are wondering where all this is leading to. You don’t want to ask him because it will make you look needy, impatient and nagging. Oh God, you love this guy and would not mind settling down with him. But the thing is that he is stalling.
When you least expect it, he cups your face in his hands, kisses you full on the lips, looks deep into your eyes and asks, “I want to take you home, are you ready?”
You smile sweetly and hug him. “Yes, when?”
“How about next weekend?”
“Alright. Let me clear my schedule.”
I know, I know, this wasn’t how you envisioned your marriage proposal. You had this image of the man making a grand gesture; taking you to some special place maybe in Dubai, timing the sunset, going down on his one knee and popping the question “Will you marry me?” while holding that diamond ring which is glistening in the evening glow.
This is life, this is reality, plus you are almost 30 years old, your biological clock is ticking, you are not getting any younger. So you just clutch at the opportunity like a drowning man or rather a woman.
Come Friday, you are frightened, anxious and excited. You feel butterflies in your stomach. You have just exited the toilet for the umpteenth time, you are sweating and shivering. But just pause for a minute, breath in, breath out, calm down and think.
Is this what you really want? Are you ready to move to the next step? Is he really the right man or you are settling for less? Are you in love or you are doing this out of desperation?
There are things you need to keep in mind:
1.Going to his home is not equal to a marriage
Stop getting your hopes high. Stop picturing getting married, having babies and growing old together with the man. Open your eyes and observe your surrounding. How does he relate with his mother, siblings, aunt and uncles? How have you been received into the home? How does the home look like in terms of structure, compound, neighbourhood, toilet?
2. It’s nothing special
Maybe he’s used to taking all his girlfriends to his home to meet his parents. Most probably you are not the first and maybe you won’t be the last.
3. Let him clarify why he is taking you home
He should clearly explain why he is taking you to meet his people and what it means for your relationship.
4. He doesn’t want to spend money
Maybe your guy is cutting down his expenses. When you go to his home, he would not spend money on hotel room. Home cooked food is cheaper than restaurant meals. The guy will downsize his expenses but still get good sex because you are going to spend a week there, how cleaver?
5. Don’t spend the night with him
Maybe you have been shagging but don’t take it to his home. What will his family think of you? They will surely lose respect for you. You are engaging in pre-marital sex right before their eyes. Who are we kidding? When darkness falls, you and your Bae are behind closed doors and windows. It’s not like you are revising the Bible or reciting the rosary.