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31 - My parents have been married for 17 years and have been engaged with each other for 19 years. My mom was married at eighteen and was engaged at 16 but they're still stronger than ever! Really, in this day and age I think marriage isn't taken as seriously as it was back then. Nowadays, people take divorce as an option before even married!
"Really, in this day and age I think marriage isn't taken as seriously as it was back then." Ugghhh, I hate the 'marriage was a more serious matter in the past!' comments, yet they keep appearing on every marriage-related FML. You know what, I'm reading The Canterbury Tales right now and there's one story about a woman who was married five times, all while that book was written in the 14th century. The past isn't better, it's just different.
Societal/family pressure and the average woman's inability to support herself was the only reason divorces were less common back in the day (and the legality of the matter in Catholic countries). Not only that, but life expectancy was shorter; it's easier to roll over next to a man you hate every morning and say to yourself "I'll stick it out till the plague comes back-he's bound to get it this time around." Nowadays you look at a hated spouse and it's "ugh, fifty more years of this? No thank you."
Don't even waste any emotion on that woman's opinion of marriage, because if she is getting married for a fifth time she clearly has no idea what it takes to make a relationship work and she's probably just jealous that you've actually made yours last for several years now. What you should do is tell her that at the rate she's going soon she'll have been married more times than the number of years you've had in one marriage already :)
Clearly she hasn't matured yet & she's obviously jealous of your marriage.
Then don't take her seriously, it's obvious her idea of marriage is vastly different from yours.
RedPillSucks's definition of envy is accurate enough, but the definition of jealousy is not, and the difference between them is not so subtle. Jealousy involves resentment, but it's of something that you value and fear losing (like a relationship). It's not anger over what somebody else has, it's what YOU have. To be fair, though, this is a VERY common misconception. Therefore, the mother is not jealous in this situation, but I'll bet my bottom dollar that she's envious.