Dear Tonie Ann,
GREAT point. Since Bella wouls be aware of how the others werewolfs had lost all interest in any pre-romantic relationships. That would always be a concerb for her. I agree I think that Bella would have spent her last years with Edward. And her sister Alice and Dad CXarlisle et all would visit them of course. She would also get her family back. Her sisters and brothers moght beat her back to the Cullens' estate. Something I didn't think about do you think that as a "geriatric Bella" she would choose to be a vampire?
You have lots of great thoughts as always. But your opinion that "the ring" united Bella with every thing that Edward loved from the past is just wonderful. I hadn't really thought of that but once you do, you see how important it would be to him. And your thought that "Edward wanted to tell the world that Bella was his, is another great thought. He was Sooo excited. And since he came from an entirely different age the meaning of marriage is much different for him than it is today. Back in the "old days" it meant love, and commitment forever.He did learn his beautiful manners from watching his father show his mother the respect and love he felt for her. An example of how different their "cultures" were was when he felt bad that Bella hadn't waited for him to open her car door. To his father getting his mother's door was just one of many ways he said "I love you, and you are special. Thank you for sharing with us, Doc