Do you get in bed before 10? Do you and your partner prefer to spend weekends at home? Do you book an appointment for the both of you at the dentist on Valentine’s Day and don’t even think twice about it?
If so, you may suffer from old married couple syndrome!
It’s okay, join the club.
Eric and I have become used to being the butt of our friends’ jokes when it comes to staying out late (which we don’t), or going out on weekends (which we rarely do).
This new lifestyle of staying home started almost immediately after we got married. In fact, during our dating days, we often stayed out well past midnight. We went to bars, we went wine tasting, we made plans for Sunday afternoons, for crying out loud!
And as soon as we got married…it just… stopped.
Suddenly, the idea of staying home and cooking a meal together became oh-so-romantic. Eventually, home-cooked meals by candlelight turned into takeout and Netflix, but we were happy none-the-less (and so were our bellies, which each gained at least a good 10 pounds each).
For a while, while we were living in the shack, we could blame our lack of nightlife on our limited funds. But now that we’re doing better financially…we’ve run out of excuses.
I really felt old, though, when we decided to scrap our plans for a wine tasting getaway this upcoming weekend so that we could have a staycation instead.
Who does that!?
What kind of normal late twenty-something couple says “Honey, screw wine tasting, let’s stay home instead!” and actually means it?!
I have no hope for us now. We may pretend to still be cool, but we know better. *Gasp* When did we turn into our parents?!
Do you and your partner suffer from old married couple syndrome?
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