Once upon a time, a young man walked into a political campaign office to inquire about a yard sign. Upon entering the office, he noticed a young woman working there.
same young woman he had seen the first time.
The young man sat beside the young woman at a table full of envelopes and print-outs. After
she had explained what they were working on, the young man began to make smalltalk. He will
never forget the next words the young woman spoke to him, "You're a real smartass, aren't you?"
The rest, as they say, is history.
before getting married. That isn’t very long, but so far, it’s worked out for us. This week we celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.
there have been a lot of arguments, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings between two hard-headed
people. We were young when we got married and we spent a lot of time growing up and maturing
together. We made mistakes and sometimes we made very selfish decisions which hurt the other.
But we stuck it out. We persevered. And, sometimes, perseverance is all we had going for us. Our
individual hard-headedness may have been all that kept us together at times.
had to choose to work out our problems and not run away from them. Now, while it still isn’t always
easy, it is easier. We have learned to communicate with each other. We can talk to each other without
our defenses going up (usually). However, one piece of advise that has made the biggest difference
in our relationship came from our friend, Kevin Thompson. He once said that he and his wife agreed
years ago to always speak honestly with each other and to accept the other at his/her word. For
example, if Kevin asks his wife if she minds if he plays golf on their anniversary and she says she
does not mind, he takes her at her word. They don’t second-guess each other. Once my husband and
I implemented this philosophy, everything changed for the better.
liberating to not have to wonder if he/she really meant it when they said they were okay with . . .
whatever. If my husband asks me if I’m okay with X and I tell him I am, but find myself getting
upset about it, I have only myself to blame. He is not a mind reader and it’s wrong of me to expect
him to be. And vice versa.
planning faraway trips together. I miss him when he has to be gone for days at a time. And I’m thankful
his job is not one that puts him in harms way or takes him away from home for months at a time.
When he has been gone, I look forward to him being back home.
we are still going to have our share of misunderstandings. And that’s okay. We are so much stronger
because of them.
questions? Please share them in the comments!