This week, I chose prompt #1: What Does Marriage Mean to Me?
I'm taking the easy way out on this one. I'm posting the reading that took place when The Mister and I got married last October.
That's The Mister's original wedding ring - the same ring he accidentally flushed down the toilet at work some ten days after the ceremony. We bought a suitable replacement shortly thereafter.
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage, the little things are the BIG THINGS.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is at no time taking the other side for granted.
The courtship shouldn't end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.
It is doing things for each other,
Not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
But in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation
And demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo
Or the wife to have wings like an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience and understanding
And a sense of humor.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each other can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is not marrying the right partner,
It is BEING the right partner.
It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best,
As expressed in the words of Mark Twain, used in the tribute to his wife:
"Wherever she was, there was Eden."
I love you, Mister.
For my post about family wedding #2 (which took place yesterday), click here.
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