Writer’s Note: The following letter is an opinion of ACU’s attitudes toward marriage, NOT a letter critiquing the actual articles written in the April 25 Optimist. The writer firmly believes that weddings should be well planned and fashionable and that all financial aspects are considered before a marriage takes place.
Well, spring is here, and that can only mean one thing: the Optimist’s Annual Wedding issue, where some aspect of weddings or marriage is presented in the spirit of the Optimist’s “award-winning coverage of campus news and events.” And it is news, as many ACU students get married each semester. Which presents the question: what does that make me?
That makes me one of the thousands of ACU students who will not get married in the subsequent summer months after graduation, who did not find his ideal mate during his time on “the hill,” who at the most, will go on a few dates. Does that make us inferior?
Unlike weddings and Valentine’s Day, with the obligatory story about ACM’s Super Mate-Match Service, we don’t get our own issue in the paper. Are we less of people?
The answer is no, and after four similar issues around this time of year, I feel it necessary to share with the student body the things that give me solace in such tough times.
A friend told me recently that ACU had thousands of Christian women to choose from (isn’t it around 6 to one now)? and that he was worried that it would be difficult to find a good woman after not finding “the right one” at ACU.
I don’t worry about that because I know that the will of God will prevail. God can pick out someone for me in the world that I will be so busy changing (give me your number in advance Jeremy Smith, I’ll meet you out there) just as easily as he can within the confines of ACU. He did grant Abraham a child when he was 100, if I remember correctly.
Furthermore, if God sees fit that I not marry, then I know that he has something for me that is better than I can possibly imagine.
In the meantime, I will continue to live and love the single life. I will continue to eat cheese and play dominoes when I want and not answer to anyone.
I will continue to look for my fulfillment from God, and I will continue to read the Optimist without feeling as if I am lacking and inferior because there is not an edition that addresses my particular marital status (or lack thereof).
I will continue to attend weddings and the receptions that follow, and when the bouquet or garter, or whatever is thrown my way, I’ll just let it hit the floor.
Single for Life,
Jeremy “Ca$h Money” Gordon
senior finance major from Dallas