Words to live by, aren't they? They apply to every walk of life, but are particularly well-suited for writers, I think, because writers not only seek to expand their own horizons, but also seek to open the world of possibilities for their readers, as well. And I dare say that few writers could be described as self-satisfied; as a matter of fact, no matter how successful, it's more likely that they harbor self-doubt, and secretly suspect that their work reeks. So writers are construction workers, consciously working at building their stories and characters, and striving to improve their mastery of words and the craft.
In countless other lines of work, people strive to build a career. Teachers and parents build and strengthen the character of our children and seek to give them the tools they need to start constructing their own lives. We build our homes, our families, our friendships, and our marriages.
And there we are, at the point of my meandering post: marriage. Tomorrow, my husband and I will be celebrating our forty-second anniversary. People frequently ask about the secret to our longevity. Let's call my husband Wind. (Honest, it has nothing to do with the burrito he ate last night; it's as in, what's beneath my wings.) Anyhow, Wind likes to claim, purely for comic effect, that the secret lies in two words. He kids, "Say yes, dear ... whether you mean it or not." Funny, but (ahem) full of hot air ...
Remember how easy it was when love was new? Life was all one long romantic kiss in the sunset, wasn't it?
|If only it were this easy|
Talking about fun and laughter, remember Red Skelton? He was a very sweet, very mild-mannered PG-rated comedian. Anyway, he and his wife were married for many, many years, and here's HIS Recipe for the Perfect Marriage:
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.
- Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, and I go on Fridays.
- We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California, and mine is in Texas.
- I take my wife everywhere ... but she keeps finding her way back.
- I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said. So I suggested the kitchen.
- We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
- She has an electric blender, electric toaster, and electric bread maker. She said, "There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!" So I bought her an electric chair.
- My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was, and she told me, "In the lake."
- She got a mud pack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.
- She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, "Am I too late for the garbage?" The driver said, "No, jump in!"
- Remember. Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.
- I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always.
- I haven't spoken to my wife in eighteen months. I don't like to interrupt.
- The last fight was my fault, though. My wife asked, "What's on TV?" and I said, "Dust!"
One of the things we're doing to celebrate our big day tomorrow is go to the Atlanta Aquarium. Should be a lot of fun. We've never been there before, and we always enjoy taking on new adventures. Another nice plus from my point of view ...
|Compared to a whale shark, I'm quite svelte.|