“Humorous but very intelligent words to live by: Do not argue with a spouse who is packing your parachute.”
Friday Letter to My Kids – Sept. 5, 2014 –
Dear J, J, L and L,
I gotta tell you how happy it makes me that you’ve each found and married the perfect person for you.
You’ve found the music to your dance, the glove to your hand, the screen to your keyboard, the horizon to your sunrise and the ocean to your beach.
That’s so happifying!
A couple of you took a long and circuitous route in locating that person, but the journey seemed a necessary part of the finding for you. A couple of you found love early and without hesitation. Either way, I’m thrilled to see you each content and loved and cared for so well.
I lucked out too because I totally adore each of your spouses. They’re cool people, confident, calm, easy-going, and fun to hang out with. It’s like I got a set of bonus kids just for showing up.
I love seeing how your spouse loves, cares for, admires, helps and cherishes you. Even better I’ve observed a synergy where they make you a better person, a richer, more well-rounded, more vibrant human and you have the same effect on them. Your eyes light up around your sweetheart. Your whole countenance brightens. You seem more you.
I’m not delusional. I know marriage isn’t all roses, chocolate and champagne. Each of you and your spouses each seem well suited and well matched for the challenging and occasionally uphill path of the commitments you’ve made. That fact alone does my heart good and lets me rest easier. Knowing you’re loved and in love and in it for the long haul makes me smile.
Already it seems you’re light-years ahead of where your dad and I were even twenty years into our marriage. It’s like you figured out the right way to pull off a marriage by watching us stumble around like dingbats. From what I can tell, you’re doing an awesome job at this whole married thing.
I can’t seem to get this scene out of my head from the movie “Princess Bride.” Maybe it’s simply to remind me to laugh more often at and in my own marriage.
Here’s the quote:
Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam…
And wuv, twue wuv, will fowow you foweva…
So tweasure your wuv.” ~Princess Bride
I hope you laugh often with each other. That’s definitely served as my saving grace over the past few decades of married life.
Here’s the one really great thing I figured out: it only gets better over time. You think you can’t love them any more than you do now, but you will. And in a ways that’ll surprise you.
I’m excited for what awaits each of you as couples. You’ve picked the scenic route and that will make all the difference in your travels together. Enjoy the ride!
Love found you all and in that finding life begins again and again and again.
Lots of love,
(Happymess with an “M” – not a typo.)
“A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.” ~ Anne Lamott
Again, some sage and beautiful words of advice and encouragement to your kids–along with something you don’t often see in parents’ faces when speaking or looking at their offspring: admiration. I think it’s marvelous. And I think you were instrumental in helping them make these perfect choices.
And I have to admit, I feel that most films pale in comparison to The Princess Bride.