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Five Signs That Say You've Given Up On Marriage

Updated on May 26, 2011

Your future? Crazy old cat lady?

Is this how you want to end up? A crazy old cat lady?  What signals do you put off to possible husband material?
Is this how you want to end up? A crazy old cat lady? What signals do you put off to possible husband material?

Don't become a crazy cat lady!

Ladies, test yourself with these signs

I've been married for over twenty years while many of our friends are still single. They are all women in their 40s and I can predict right now they will never get married. How do I know? I look at the five signs that indicate these women will never get married. Now keep in mind this is not a scientific study just my own observations.

  1. YOU OWN MORE THAN ONE CAT - When a young women gets a cat they are basically saying I'm lonely and I need companionship. When it comes to the second cat they are basically saying I've given up and I will rely on these pets for my emotional fulfillment. Cats are also an indication of #2, since they can be left alone for long periods of time and you don't have to leave the house. Dogs on the other hand are an indication that the owner hasn't given up and still wants to engage with society. Dog owners get out of the house and walk their dogs. Every dog walk is another chance to run into Mr. Right.
  2. YOU WORK LONG HOURS - Working long hours is a choice whether we want to admit this or not. Good parents with kids at home manage to tear themselves away from all the fun at office (I'm being sarcastic) and manage to make it home in time to make dinner or go to their kids sports games and help them with their homework. The women who has given up devotes her life to work so that she'll perhaps find satisfaction in that.
  3. YOU OWN A CONDO - After putting in all of those long hours at work its time to spend that money and the women who has given up on meeting men buys themselves a nice condo. This gives them a reason to work even harder to pay the mortgage. Unfortunately for dating this does not help attract men because men are put off by women they feel are more successful then they are. That hot guy at the watercooler might be sexy enough to eat but he lives with his mother and feels threatened by Ms. Condo Owner.
  4. YOU DRIVE A FANCY CAR - All of the hopelessly single women in my circle drive fancy German engineered sports cars - Audis, BMWs. Back to #2, they have the money to spend because after cat food and kitty litter they aren't going out to the bars, movies or shows to spend money. I think they select these cars because they mistakenly think that it will attract men. It won't. It will just attract women. Just like #3, men are going to be put off by your fancy sports car when they are taking the bus to work. No man wants to be put in the position of asking his date to drive because their car is better.
  5. YOU HAVE A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MOM - All the single women I know who are never going to get married have spooky close relationships with their Mothers. They talk to the on the phone for hours on a regular schedule or they even have their Moms living with them. No man is going to try to get you in bed when Mom answers the door. Plus Mom is always there to find some problem with your new boyfriend. Either Mom is over protective or they've gone through a nasty divorce and no man will ever be good enough for their daughter.

There you have it. Five sure signs that you will be an old maid. It might feel cruel to see it all laid out but if your serious about changing around your social life you have to start by examining the signals that you are giving off to potential mates.

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      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      Waiting for Prince Charming is another reason for never getting married. Growing up these days girls are bombarded with the notion that they are princesses and their perfect Ken doll will come to sweep them off their feet. Men are flawed like any other real human.

      Of course when men get over their Maxim Magazine fantasies and start to be attracted to real women then their satisfaction levels will also increase.

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      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      Oh I need to be your friend! I love your matter of fact way of presenting a true generalization.

      I'm a single woman, never married, owner of one dog, and I just got out of a mortgage and went to apartment life so I could have a life, and time for love. Low and behold I now have a male friend that I go out with as "friends". I go out of town and meet other single males through my single girl friends.

      I think the key is working on it. I changed my clothes style from comfortable and updated it to a few trendy pieces with classic pieces that fit and compliment my figure, and I started wearing makeup more regularly and eating healthy. I also REFUSE to line dance at parties. I don't know about the cat thing or living in a condo, but I know about the living with momma thing will kill a man's interest.

      I know if you have money and want to buy yourself nice things you should. I own a Honda Accord but if I could afford a Lexus I'd drive one. The sports car variety.

      Anyway, When women give up no matter what you say they have an excuse why your suggestions won't work. I'm a hopeless romantic and sometimes it hurts to be this way, but I won't give up and I will continue to improve myself and my lifestyle to keep in the social mix. One day my Prince, okay the right man who I will be the right woman for will come. LADIES - Keep working on you with or without cats!

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      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      A date isn't the same as wedding bells. What the heck are you waiting for? Another three years? In this economy you might get laid off at any moment. Go on a date already!

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      anon 6 years ago

      I am in my 40's and have 2 cats and a dog. I have been separated from my 2nd husband for over 2 years. There is a man at work whom I have known for 3 years, who very much wants to date me. The feeling is mutual :) I don't wish to get married again, but I miss male companionship and of course sex, so I am not sure if I should believe your 5 signs

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      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      Sun-Girl - thanks and good luck. Keep the cats to a manageable number.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Informative article which i enjoyed reading from.

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      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      Well there is certainly exceptions to any rule. Don't take things so personal.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      I don't think it's cool to make fun of your "friends" because they are successful and single. I wouldn't want any of my friends writing something like this about me. Besides my cousin just married an over 40 home owning cat loving woman. So I think your tounge in cheek observation is incorrect.

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      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      It's tongue in cheek but I have seven friends in my situation meet at least 4 out of five in this situation. Like I said its not a scientific study just and observation.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      I hope this is meant to be a joke. If it isn't then I think this is truly insulting. I have two cats and it's because I love animals not because I'm lonely. I also work long hours because I live alone and have to pay bills. I hope all men don't think like this and if they all do, well I guess I'm better off single.

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      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      Another insight based on my sample five mid 40s single friends - if you wait too long to find love then you end up dealing with your mother's ailing health.

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      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      No, they (at least my friends) would rather be in a relationship. Happiness is more than the things money buys like condos and cars.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bravo for being married for over 20 years, but the Big Myth is that every woman should be, or wants to be, paired up for life with a person of the opposite sex. Perhaps your single female friends do, so the conditions you describe probably are counterproductive to that goal.

      That said, I find absolutely nothing "sad" about a woman who owns her own condo and drives a fancy car. In fact, I'd be one of them if I hadn't been brainwashed from birth that the only degree a woman needed to have a happy life is an MRS.

      A 40-ish spinster with two or more cats is a different story. Definitely NOT looking for human male companionship. ;D

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      peanutroaster 6 years ago from New England

      Its funny yet sad also.

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      Mike and Dorothy McKenney 6 years ago from United States

      Funny stuff, although I'm not sure you meant for it to be humorous..lol. I hope you'll read my "Spring Cleaning" article and the one on "How to Go to a Party Without a Date and Not Look Stupid." I voted you up and will be following you in the future.