QUOTE(Czerny @ Jan 15 2012, 07:25 PM)
Indeed - that's exactly what I meant!
I hope I wrote my post as carefully as possible to take this into account!
I appreciate your posts reminding me about the issue, as it can be easy to wander into discussions where you end up over-disclosing.
With regard to BerkshireMum's thoughts, I think you can still have this growing into a relationship phase without being married. Indeed, I rather feel it can be better to get past the daft, head-over-heels passionate phase of falling for someone, long before considering what (in my view) is such a permanent committment. Everyone'll have different views on this though, influenced by religion, experience, family expectations etc.
I also agree with Corenfa about the judgement passed on those who choose to have children early. One of my friends chose to have her first child at 19, and married her partner a few years after that. She had trained as a hair dresser, and wished to have her children young, so that she could focus on her career more once they were in school. It was unbelievable how her friends the same age reacted, let alone any elderly relations!
As for women with careers, I am fortunate that my grandmother was very much a career-woman trail-blazer. Her advice and experience is invaluable as I've started my own career. I guess not many women her age had the same chance to work as a senior manager, while bringing up 3 children!