~Slices of Life~ The perfect spouse

After spending the last three decades with my husband, I’ve learned marriage isn’t what I thought it would be. In some ways it is harder. In myriad ways it exceeds my expectations. And like a fine wine, it really does get better with age. Take heed, newlyweds!

Together we raised four kids, three of them sons. As I watch them grow into men, I hope we’ve provided them with the insight, patience and fortitude needed to create a successful marriage some day. And if I were to give them advice about marriage (not that I’d ever think of giving them advice) here’s what I might say:

In many ways, we live in a “What can you do for me?” society. This doesn’t work for marriage or relationships in general. John F. Kennedy once famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” When looking for a future life partner, replace the word country with marriage: Ask not what marriage can do for you, ask what you can do for the marriage. 

 

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