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66. Don't Need a Man
Karen was 29 years old. She lived alone.
had a few friends, but didn't feel the
to hang out with them too much. She
a few boyfriends, but no one was worth
with. She was a nurse at a hospital.
loved her job because she liked taking care
Karen's parents visited her one day out
the blue. She started to get worried. Why
they drive all the way here? It was
six-hour drive! Karen's parents always worried about her.
and her parents sat in the living room. "
why are you guys here?" Karen asked. "Well,
were talking about you and your future. You're
, but you're not married yet. All your cousins
already married," her mom said. Karen groaned. This
't the first time they mentioned it. Every time
went to a cousin's wedding, her parents would
something about Karen being unmarried. Karen was annoyed
her parents wanted her to get married. She
fine being alone. She could support herself.
't you try dating my friend's son? He's 35,
, and kind," her dad said. "I don't like
set up," Karen said. "He might be really
!" her dad said. "I don't need a man.
'll get married when the time is right," Karen
. "Aren't you lonely?" her mom asked. "No, I'm
with my job and the life I live,"
said. Karen's parents weren't happy with her answer,
they accepted that they couldn't change her mind.