Aging has helped me see why having a partner is important. I have always known marriage is important. I know how important it is to have kids within wedlock. I’ve talked about these things before. However, as I age I have come to see how important having a partner is to my quality of life. Let me explain…

In April I had my wisdom teeth taken out. For those of you who have undergone this procedure it’s basically an one hour oral surgery in which they put you asleep. Someone has to be there to drive you home because of the anesthesia. They ask that this person be a family member just in case the operation turns into a trip to the emergency room.

It was then that I realized I don’t have anyone here (Atlanta) to look after me. When I’m sick there is no one to drive me to the hospital. When I’m sick there is no one at home to look after me. When I’m depressed there is no one there speak to and lean on for support.

I had to call my father and ask him to drive the hour and a half to Atlanta in order to be with me for my oral surgery. As always he was there for me.

The following month I had an endoscopy done. This is another one hour procedure in which they put you asleep. Once again, I had to call my father and ask him to come be with me during my time of need. And once again he was there for me.

My father is 55 years old. He is not going to be there forever. I’ve reached an age where I feel I shouldn’t be leaning on my parents for any kind of support. Instead, I should be married and leaning on that individual.

I don’t care what any of these dumbass niggas say. Marriage is important. Having someone to lean on for support, who will always be there for me is important. The older I get the more I see this simple reality.