At our engagement party, M and I received a book called Married for Life: Inspiration from those married 50 years or more. I had completely forgotten about it until I was cleaning the guest room/M’s office a few weeks ago, and came across it on the bookshelf in there.
Sometimes I really wish I’d found it a lot sooner than I did.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces of advice from it, with mentions of the couples and their wedding dates:
- Learn to be content with what you have.Culver & Virginia Wilber, June 16, 1938
- Determine from the start that divorce is never an option. James & Mildred Garey, December 26, 1936
- A good marriage is give and take—but mostly give. Merywn & Freda Bridenstine, June 25, 1925
- Learn to roll with the punches. Lennie & Victoria Shane, January 29, 1938
- Everyone has problems—just stay together and work them out! John & Clarice Gillespie, March 5, 1945
- Do everything you can to express your love. Also Lennie & Victoria Shane
- Let life’s experiences draw you closer together. Herman & Mary Sue Davis, October 5, 1943
- Have fun just being together.Arthur & Mabel Johnson, October 22, 1920
There are several of those things I wish I’d seen (again) before kids, job loss, brain surgery, and, in general, life.
Have you ever been given advice by a couple married for a long time that you’ve tried to implement in your life? Has it worked?