“Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely hind, a graceful doe.” Proverbs 5:18
Beth Ann’s post got me thinking about my own marriage, also one which has also required perseverance. We’re both strong willed, complicated people. Over the years we’ve had financial problems, problems with teenagers, conflicts with relatives, disagreements with each other, job stress, depression, anxiety, etc.. It seems like just when one area straightens out, a new problem crops up. That’s life, I guess. Or at least life in a sinful world. Yet we’ve managed to stick with it for 46 years. As older folks, we’ve reached a kind of contented plateau. The kids are grown and on their own; careers are over or winding down. Finances are settled, for better or worse. Instead of striving for the next big thing, we’re looking back at how we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished …and for the most part, we’re satisfied.
One special thing about a long marriage is knowing so many different aspects of your spouse. Yes, I could be widowed and marry again, but nobody but Terry would remember me as a teenager, a college student, or a young mom. No other husband would share the birth of my children, my first “adult” job, all the years of growing in Christ and so much more. I once read a book where the main character said something like this, “in this house we are not just two old people — we are all the people we have ever been.”
Like Beth Ann, I wish I could convince people, it’s worth the hard work. If you are married to the love of your youth, rejoice! Let’s hear from some other lady bloggers, what do you have to tell us about the marriage relationship?