My girlfriend and I have been going out for a year and I thought it was time to have a heart-to-heart with her.
Simon: I have something I want to talk to you about. Can you come over here and sit down for a minute?
Paula: Uh oh. Is something wrong?
Simon: No, nothing’s wrong. In fact, everything’s right. We’ve been together for a year and I’ve been happier than I’ve ever been.
Paula: Me, too. Things are going great. What is this all about?
Simon: I want us to move things to the next level. I want us to move in together.
Paula: Simon, I love you, but we can’t do that. You know how conservative my parents are. They would never approve.
Simon: They like me, don’t they?
Paula: It’s not a matter of whether they like you or not. They both adore you as much as I do. But two people moving in together before they’re married goes against their beliefs and mine.
Simon: But don’t you want to?
Paula: I’m very happy with you, but I want things to go on as they are. We spend so much time together anyway, we’re almost joined at the hip.
Simon: Are you saying you want more space?
Paula: No! What I’m saying is that I don’t want to rock the boat when things are going so well. Why don’t we hold off on any more talk about moving in together.
Simon: I suppose that’s okay—for now.