You want him/her to meet your parents/guardians/siblings/friends
When someone begins to get special in your life, you want those closest to you to also know this special person; you want your relatives to know the person you spend most of your time with and that one person you really admire. You even unconsciously expect their opinion and endorsement. You expect a commendation whether they like the person or not. You don’t mind been seen anywhere with this person, you deliberately want your friends to see you together. It just becomes a pride; more like showing off some treasure you just acquire. It’s no more just dating, it has progressed seriously.
God please give me sleep. She prayed silently yet she wasn’t sure if she was ready for what the day has for her. She glanced at the time on her mobile phone. 3am. She wished she could hold time until she was ready.
She will be meeting Jide’s parents in few hours.
Although he had not asked her to marry him, they both know that their friendship had gone beyong dating. Jide had always talked about how his mother wanted to meet her. She had also replied that she will be glad to meet her too but now she is no longer sure if she wants that to happen.
She imagined what the woman’s voice will sound like. Will Jide’s mum like me? She was tempted to think. She has heard and read of how terrible some mothers-in-laws are. She prayed this will not be like those.
“You look great!” Jide exhaled resisting the urge to kiss her when he hugged her. She looked very pretty in the white kneel-length dress. He held her for a long time fighting the thoughts running in his head. This is the woman he has searched for all his life and he couldn’t wait any longer to ask her to be his wife yet he still didn’t know how to form the words to say it.
When he let her off his embrace, he couldn’t take his eyes off her. She looked more beautiful than he had always seen. Maybe he had never looked this close.
As Kemi made to enter his car, she adjusted a strand of hair that didn’t tuck in well and used the tip of her finger to reduce the lipstick smear under her lips.
“My mum knows that besides her, you are the second most beautiful woman on earth. So don’t worry about those just get in they will be waiting to meet us.”
Kemi blushed as many butterflies rejoiced in her stomach. Jide had never used a line like that for her until now. …most beautiful woman on earth. She was tempted to say he also looked good too in his three quarter khaki shorts and fitted black boddice. She has never also noticed how firm and attractive his biceps are. His chest looked like he worked out more than he ate.
Showing off your partner especially to those who care about you is a sign that you could want something more serious than just a platonic relationship. Once your partner also shows you off means that he/she is not ashamed of you; proud to be associated with you whatever contrary opinion others may have. This itself boost your partner’s self esteem and commitment to the relationship?
Culled from Ready to Tangle? How To Know if Your Relationship Is Making A Head Way by Emike Oyemade