Permanent Partner

I had a nice chat with my friend Stephen and his mother Carol last night on the telephone. Carol was talking about her 6 children, and how 4 of them have “permanent partners,” which was her way of saying they were married.

Catherine and I have long sought a way of describing our unmarried union (we’ll have been dating for 28 years in 2019) and I think permanent partnership is the best term I’ve yet heard.