Anniversary Stand Up

I have been dating this guy for the past eight and a half months. I love him so much. He always makes a big deal out of our anniversaries, and always does something special for me. Well, on our eight month anniversary he tells me he has to go to this birthday party for a friend that he doesn't see very often. Usually I would be fine with this, but he had been gone the two weekends before and I really wanted to spend time with him. Also, I knew there were going to be girls at this party. My boyfriend is a horrible flirt, which really bugs me. But, he went anyway, and he spent the night. Now, since he makes such a big deal out of our anniversaries, I thought he would have at least called. Nope, he didn't even call, and I had to work the next day. I was so mad. One of my best friends (who happens to be a guy) decided we should do something that night. Just about all of our friends were either out of town or in trouble, so it ended up being just the two of us. He really wanted to get out since he just got out of dating the same girl for the past three years. So, we went to a movie and talked in the parking lot for about half an hour afterwards. Nothing romantic happened, so don't think I'm that type of person. The next day while I was on break, I sent my boyfriend a text message telling him if he wanted to see me that night he better get home before I was done with work, or else I was going to go out with my friends. Well, I got off of work, and he hadn't called my cell, so I called him. He said he really wanted to do something with me. So, I went over to his house, and he had a present for me. He took me out for dinner and said he felt badly for not being with me the night before. I, of course, forgave him because I can't stay mad at him for very long. However, I didn't tell him about my "date". Since he is almost a year and a half younger than me, he worries that he's going to lose me to an older guy, especially to one of my two best friends which are guys. A week later he gave me another present because he still feels badly for not being with me on our anniversary.

— Joyce, 19

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