Why can't a married family still make plans with a divorced family?" Ellie yearns for inclusion: "I would rather be asked to the dinner party, gala, concert, etc.I'm a 51-year-old married mother to twin teenage daughters.
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"I love to travel and many trips that I have gone on included couples.
Some couples try to include me in events, but I do feel like the third wheel sometimes," explains Gertrude.
Tracy is lucky to have a travel companion but she gets grief for that: "My best friend and I have been accused of being lesbians because we don't date, we take vacations together, and spend a lot of time together. We enjoy each other's company -- who else are we supposed to spend time with? Please include me in your social plans -- I promise, I won't "throw off" the balance Navigating social occasions can be challenging, even demeaning at times.
"I love being invited to go along with friends, whether they are couples or a group of people, but I find many people 'count' the group to make sure it is 'even.' Or they invite you and another single woman and seat you together as though the two women were a couple," says Sue.
It reminds me that I don't bring the requisite male to the mix, therefore mess up the balance." Anne adds: "I usually enjoy your husbands, partners and wives, so when I say, 'bring him or her,' I mean it. " Stephanie has seen a difference in the way she's been treated socially when she's had a significant other: "I am used to going to events alone and being around lots of couples, so I would love to be included.