While individuals of a certain age are asked for their secret to longevity, couples remaining together for decades are urged to reveal their recipe for happiness. And even though both invitations are staged before cameras producing edited soundbites, the one thing participants agree on out of earshot of the press is that the quality of time is the essence of both.
After learning that 60% of society is younger than age 50, we realized we’ve been in love longer than the majority of Americans have been alive. (Egad, did I just type that out loud?)
No matter. The fact remains that the quality of joyful longevity depends on a continuous curve following life as the lesson of the day and — like history — whatever isn’t learned is doomed to be repeated with someone else.
Here are 48 things we’ve learned in 48 years of being in love.
1. Sound sleep requires laughter lastly.
2. The favored parent is emulated, eventually.
3. Lose at fault-finding.
4. Compliment a meal before adding salt.
5. Whatever is collected will someday be hoarded.
6. Think romantically.
7. Please and thank you are bff’s.
8. Holding hands while arguing is a hearing aid.
9. Listen with your entire body, inside and out.
10. Fight rhymes with flight.
11. Neither caress less, nor roar more.
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And YOU are a JOY, Doug. I only wish I’d told you that 55+ years ago — but in my defense, I thought you knew! Thankfully, Barb did.
You ARE one in 7.3 billion.
So good to have you back and sharing your unique thoughts in your unique and wonderful style! Written as only you can say it- but universal asit relates to the heart. Thanks again and welcome back ! seuss72
It’s good to be back, Seuss. I have a book of essays coming out in August and am planning to include this. Will keep you posted. Thanks!
While we may never match you in longevity of our relationship I hope to come close in the thoughtfulness and quality categories. Thanks for the wisdom and the humor you share with us. They light our way day by day.
You light up pretty well yourself, Maf. I read it in the comments by those who follow you on Facebook. Am enormously happy for you and Rusty. Keep it up!
Thanks, Maeve! What a generous word to begin the commentary.
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