Hi, I'm nicole. My boyfriend is, of course, a marine. We are been together for about a year and 2 months already and he has already promised forever. But we were never this in love. When i met him it was the summer before his senior year in high school and my sophomore year, at the time he had a girlfriend and i was loving the single life. But when i saw him for the first time i knew he was gonna be trouble. After about half of the summer him and his girlfriend broke up and our friendship took off, we were always together or talking to eachother non-stop. But when school started we fell apart and stopped talking to eachother, 3 months into school i got a text message from him on his new number and we went back into the swing of things. Over winter break he met my parnets for the first time, i made dinner and they just spent the time talking and making fun of me. That night he told me he had feeling for me but didn't want to ask me out becasue he knew he wanted to be a marine and didn't want to leave me alone and hurt, but I wasn't going to have that. I let him think while my mind was going crazy waiting for him to ask me out, because i knew it was going to happen sooner or later. He asked me the day after my birthday and when i walked him to his car he pulled me in for a goodbye hug, it felt like in his arms was where my home was. With in 2-3 months we loved eachother, in 5 we fell in love. In june he started signing the papers to be a marine. On october 12(our 9 months) he left for basic, i cryed so much. But i knew he was going to leave way before we were ever together, i just didn't thing time would go by so fast. It was like he was in my life and out of it in the time spand of a week. My love for him over-powered me inspite of this information. For 3 months i was alone, heartbroken, and miserable, 30 times i wrote letters ending our relationship. I never got the nerve to send them to him, something would take over and remind me that it would be worth it in the end. So as (at his graduation) his family and i watched as he marched in with his head held high and a stance that could take your breath away all my sadness, bitterness, fear, regret left. All i was left with was pride, pride that could never leave because somewhere in me i saw myself standing next to him. I had made it through those struggleing 3 months, of course no one was yelling in my face but i had my own tests to pass and my own training to go through. But when we all ran to greet him, when i fianlly got feel him again i knew it was worth it. He spent 7 days here and just left monday for north carolina for MCT and MOS training after that he gets his PDS and his life as a marine will take off. He has no leave between MOS and PDS so monday was my last day to see him for a long time. But before he left sunday night he made me two promises both with one ring. As we walked to him car from the ice cream shop he pulled out my grandmothers ring and popped the question! He promised me basicly him forever and that he will be back to marry me. In two years ( when im 18) my mother said he can ask permission to really ask to marry me. But i say never doubt your choice to be a marine because he will always be yours and will never want to be with anyone else. You had his heart when he left and when he came back so why doubt your love now? you made it this far right?