While filling out an application today at a financial institution, I was asked about my marital status. The options were married, divorced, or single. Realizing that none of those quite applied to me, I paused a bit before selecting the last option. With my partner sitting a few feet away, I declared myself single on a legal document.
It seems like it would make more sense if the choices were married, divorced, and unmarried, as the term “single” usually denotes someone who is available and outside of a relationship. Since my partner and I have been together for over two years, it felt almost immoral to use such a term to describe myself.
The next time this situation presents itself, I intend to simply reply, “None of the above.”