I am 30, my partner is 28. I study and work part time while he is working fulltime. We have been together for 8 years with the intention to marry soon.
He had a work function on Friday. I was eager to dress up again and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was seated with some very nice women and men at a table and the conversation was lively. I was asked where and what I work and I told about the topic of my thesis. It is a topic that can serve as entertainment, no politics, no 🦠 just an interesting and broadly understandable topic that makes for good discussion. Soon we were all on a first name basis and laughing heartily. Then SO and some others turned up. They joined us briefly and went their seperate ways again.
We left relatively late, I had been roped into deconstruction and cleanup and SO was obliging. He was so happy with how the evening went, apparently a new project was being born that evening. He will receive a slight promotion and the permission to work from home on Occassion. Apparently I left a very good impression and my demeanour impressed his superiors whose spouses I sat with.
I have come a long way from the shy, obese girl who was predicted to never formally graduating school to the woman I am now. I always stood with my man who was also slightly awkward and bloomed late. I believed in him and supported him as best as I was able.