I picked other because "dating" just didn't seem appropriate. We've been together officially for 2 years, and were friends for 2-3 before that. We never really went out on dates. We were joined at the hip before we knew it. We always hung out together and everyone assumed we were a couple, which made me angry when my sweetie actually confessed to me. I fought the relationship for a while because I was afraid of losing a good friendship, of getting close to someone, and also of letting everyone else be right about us! But I'm glad he was persistent. I'm glad I said yes in the end. Because now I have a best friend AND a loving partner. We're not married, or technically engaged, but we're committed. He bought me a gorgeous Claddagh promise ring. The heart is a ruby, and the crown has spaces for a few small stones, which he plans to fill with diamonds later on. I think it might be my wedding ring when we come to that. Dating isn't the right word to describe our relationship. High school sweethearts? Soul mates? First and only love? Those titles might get closer, but I feel like they still don't even scratch the surface.