Once I had been 18, we nearly married my closest friend.
I don’t mean that in the sugary-sweet “we’re so emotionally intimate it when they write about marrying their best friends in their wedding vows that we have silent, meaningful conversations by staring into each other’s eyes” kind of way that people usually mean. Opportunities had been pretty low that we’d ever romantically end up involved—our orientations made that the nonstarter. But we very nearly got hitched anyhow, because our moms and dads couldn’t (or wouldn’t) assist us pay money for our sophomore several years of university. My educational funding consultant explained wedding ended up being the least-bad way that individuals might make ourselves legally independent—our other alternatives had been “join the army” or “be 24”—so we got engaged during cold weather break. […]