"Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony." - Lizzie Bennet, Pride & Prejudice 05
I was provoked to thought when responding to a Christian girlfriend's e-mail in which she mentioned her relationship with a young man. A proposal is expected and she intended to accept even though she knows her Christian parents have a "problem" with him. I don't know her young man (he is a Christian) but I do know that my friend has a pretty good head on her shoulders and has been really taking it slow and getting to know him before this point. I've been in prayer for her and am going to encourage her to really pray and talk to her parents before becoming engaged.
This scenario saddens me a bit because my first thought is "I could never marry someone my parents didn't like". It really started me thinking about honoring my parents and I know that one of my requirements in finding a mate is that my parents love the man I'm going to marry. I know part of my personality is a desire to please others but I also really trust and value my parent's opinion to the point where I'd trust them with picking a husband for me. Is this a really warped and old-fashioned view or am I at least sort of on the right path? I mean I wouldn't want to marry without love but is an "arranged" marriage such a bad idea?
Well, thanks for listening to my silly ramblings. I received some movies in the mail today which I'm excited to watch, some I've already viewed: Lost in Austen, Ladies in Lavender, Little Women (1979) , Jane Austen in Manhattan, and a set of 9 Miss Marple movies (staring Joan Hickson). Can't wait to view these with my family since I have a night off. I should be posting my favorite heroines fairly soon. Hope your week is going well!