My boyfriend and I dated for two years before I pressured him with marriage and kids.
He said he was not ready and left for Europe after we broke.
Two months later, he showed up at my apartment in NYC with an engagement ring.
On a hot July day, I was making my way to a friend’s party when my phone beeped with an invitation to join a lunch at a restaurant near the “Friends” building in New York City. Thinking I had some time to spare before the party, I decided to drop by.
Upon arrival, I found two unfamiliar guys. One of them had driven from Philadelphia for the weekend. He had rented a car for a month and wanted to travel around. I didn’t have a driver’s license and was melting from the heat. We hit it off, and within 10 minutes, decided to take a trip outside the city together.
We set off for Montauk, on Long Island, two weeks later and spent the day together before heading to separate sleeping spots. He drove me back, and I showed him my favorite neighborhood, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, before he took off for Philly at 2 a.m.
Another two weeks passed, and he expressed an interest in moving to New York to learn more about the city. The best places seemed to be in Williamsburg, he said, and so he rented an apartment in my neighborhood.
He told me he wasn’t ready for anything serious
Though we felt romantic, I sensed he was holding back on any relationship progression, often claiming he was too busy with work or tired to stay over. Two months later, he told me he wasn’t ready for a relationship, which I interpreted