“I want to marry my neighbor”

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I’m 28 and the love of my life is a 25-year-old woman from next door. I grew up with her as our neighbor and I always knew that she was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Our love has always been a secret for we always feared what our parents might say. When we decided to get married, our parents said ‘no’. They said we can never be lovers and marry because we are like family. I love this lady so dearly. Please help!

Frustrated, Soweto

Move! Expert Advice

You need to sit down with elders in your families and tell them how you feel. Don’t be too emotional about it; be reasonable and state facts. Your parents may feel that, since you grew up together, you are brother and sister, but you are not related by blood. Point that out and make them understand how you feel.

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