I was in my twenties and had already met my life partner – a deep loving friendship with someone who just happened to be a man.
However my mother often went on about my getting married, so I decided to explain why that was not for me.
My mother interpreted my explanation in terms of her Christian concept of universal love for all men.
My father said it was nothing new – he had had a good friend in his younger days.
Although neither had really understood my explanation, at least they had tried, in their own way, to understand me.
But they had understood enough – from then on they supported me and my partner, and Mum never mentioned again about getting married.