5) The hundred dollar difference

Just six short weeks after we met, my boyfriend,
Brian, gave me a diamond promise ring. To him it symbolized our
life long committment to each other. Needless to say I was very
happy. We spent the next two years together in total bliss. Throughout
this time marriage was discussed, but Brian quickly discounted any
talk of it. For him, a piece of paper was not a true sign of committment.
He felt there was no reason at all for us ever to be married, we
both knew in our hearts that we belonged together. I really wanted
to get married. One day, I found a vintage wedding dress, handmade
with glass beads that just happened to fit me perfect. I bought
it, and hid it at my parents house. I figured someday, he might
change his mind, and then I’d be ready! Lucky for me that day came
just after our second year together. Brian had the same auto insurance
carrier since he was fifteen years old. He paid him in person every
month. One day, while paying, the agent asked if Brian and I were
still together. Of course, Brian responded. With that answer, the
agent proceeded to give Brian an interesting quote. Since Brian
was a male, under 25, and unmarried his current monthly insurance
was $138, but as a married male under 25, his rate would be $48,
almost a hundred dollar difference. Brian came home that night,
and as we were watching televison, casually announces that we should
go ahead and get married. Just like that, no ring, no getting on
one knee, no real proposal. Of course, I agreed. We were married
a couple of months later, and have been happily married for fifteen

Nicolle Singleton,

Tuscon, AZ


The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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