Importance of this relationship is deeply ingrained in many eastern cultures.Even if you are from a Western culture where there may be less value attached to this important relationship (not true for all Western cultures as many emphasize family values), at least treat your parents with the basic respect, love and consideration you would show to someone who took care of you for decades, fed you every day, taught you to walk/talk/eat/write/read.How can so may people so easily say "to hell with that relationship"? Just notice how most of the answers below have an unconscious assumption..."OR" instead of "AND".
Our love for each other has grown so much that I’ve come to realize that it’s time to tell my parents.
I love this man and I want to shout it from the rooftops.
I am shocked by the dismissive attitude most other answers have towards their parents and how easily they are willing to give up or cut off that vital relationship.
Let me at the start clarify that I am NOT recommending you don't marry the person of your choice.
While his parents were thrilled that we would be living abroad together and sharing an adventure, mine were worried about me going so far away and wondered how I would find the man of my dreams in a country where the majority of the people don’t speak English.
Little did they know the man of my dreams was actually a reality and had been in my life for quite some time.
I myself have gone through an inter racial marriage that initially my parent opposed.
But I won them over before marrying the person of my choice.
I wanted him to know that Mike’s love reminded me of the love I grew up with. For the rest of our high school years we dated in secret and by the time college came, the boy that held my hand became the man who held my heart.