Today I have been married for fifteen years. On this day, back in ‘95, I made a really good decision (to stuff cake in Ken’s face).
Fifteen years, friends!! Some people don’t even stay together for fifteen minutes unless the sex is really good, of course.
Number of addresses: 7
I won’t lie. We have a great marriage (maybe you should read Ken’s blog to see if he agrees. Oh yeah, he doesn’t have a blog). I don’t think there’s any specific secret to marital success, but I’m convinced a couple things have gotten us through:
- Constant humor found in farting and pretty much anything crude (ever seen Tosh.O?)
- Mutual respect
- Being kind to each other
- Sharing activities like running, biking and drinking beer at the bar
- Me = controlling; Him = laid back
- Great parental role models (both sets of parents have been married over 45 years). I believe that witnessing our parent’s commitments to one another through thick and thin has been a good example. Lord knows we’ve had our thin times. Not to say that if your parents didn’t stay together you’re doomed. I simply have appreciated and been inspired by their longevity.
Number of cars: 6
Here are my parents at our wedding (and my all time favorite picture). Just look at Jim and Sue!!!:
Number of moves cross country (VA –> CO): 1
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all perfect. For example, there was that Dutch Oven back in ‘98 that about killed me.
But, it’s the closest I’ll get to perfect in this lifetime.
Number of times we’ve been apart for more than 5 days: 2
As for Ken, he’s sweating bullets knowing he’ll be married to this hag in the future (thanks to my son and Aging Booth):
Number of mattresses: 3
And as for me, I’m going to keep running so he doesn’t have to live with this next year (thanks to my son and Fat Booth):
Number of days together before we hit the fart stage: 7
But really, I hope it just stays like this:
Here’s to fifteen more!!!!
What’s your secret to a lasting relationship?