Saturday, July 26, 2008

For you, on your anniversary

Lately I've happened upon a few blogs that I've found to be quite entertaining. Some of them have been from Crunchy Chicken and few others from

Here is a nice piece written by MetroDad to his wife on their 7th wedding anniversary.

There are three things that I always tell people when they're about to get married.

One, always remember that marriage is about the journey, not the destination.

Two, always remember that a great marriage is like a duck. Everything may look smooth on the surface but underneath, you've got to paddle like hell.

Three, keep in mind that the key to a healthy long-term relationship is never go shopping for shoes with your wife.

Also, if you can afford separate bathrooms (usually both for her,) go for it.

Personally, before I got married, people gave me crappy advice. About a million people told me "whatever happens, don't go to bed angry." Seriously? I find it hard to believe that there are couples out there who can get into massive fights and then have everything be alright before "Nightline" comes on. I have personally slept on our couch enough times that there's a giant indentation of my ass right smack in the middle of it.

But that's ok. Arguing can be healthy in a relationship. Spouses are individual people with their own individual views and needs. What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with the incompatibility.

That's far more important to remember than any aphorism about not going to bed angry.

Personally, I like to celebrate my anniversary by thanking my wife for putting up with me. I snore like a buffalo, hate doing laundry, and cannot go shopping with her for more than 10 minutes before I want to blow my brains out. I fart incessantly, tell the same stories at every dinner party, and am utterly useless at fixing anything other than a dangling participle. Also, my feet smell like ass and I clog our toilet up on a weekly basis.

On the other hand, my wife is a wonderful, intelligent, beautiful, sexy, funny woman whom I love and adore. She not only puts up with all my little "quirks" but she actually finds them charming. I'm lucky to have her and the key to our marriage is that we both know it.

So...happy anniversary, honey!

As the great American philosopher Rocky Balboa once said, "I got gaps; you got gaps; we fill each other's gaps."

Let's keep filling them together.

I love you.