One of you will always be loving more.

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  1. john316

    john316 Monkey+

    Advice from a woman who's been married sixty-seven years

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    By Joshua Rogers

    Published December 11, 2015

    Five years ago, I was at a wedding rehearsal dinner and I was seated next to Lula Rawls, a quiet, elderly woman who had been married for over sixty years. She was the grandmother of the groom; and in light of all the hopefulness surrounding the young couple’s nuptials, I wondered what wisdom she had to offer.

    I began asking questions about the relationship with George, her husband, who was even quieter than she was. When Lula talked about him, it was evident that she greatly cared for and respected him. And in light of how long they had been together (it has now been 67 years), I asked for her best piece of marriage advice.

    She paused, then said, “You’ve got to remember that one of you will always be loving more.”

    I sat there for a moment, letting the statement sink in: One of you will always be loving more.

    Seven years into marriage, Lula’s quiet response is still ringing in my ears. It crushes my sense of entitlement, the expectation that marriage owes me a low-grade sense of happiness most of the time. It challenges my internal policy of only extending love when it is extended, withholding love when it is withheld. Lula’s words capture the spirit of 1 Corinthians 13:5, 7-8: “[Love] does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful . . . Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

    It doesn’t come naturally for this sometimes hardheaded, selfish husband; but if I want to make it to 67 years as happily as Lula and George have, I’ll practice what that lady is preaching.

    Joshua Rogers is an attorney and writer who lives in Washington, D.C. You can follow Joshua on Twitter @MrJoshuaRogers and Facebook, and read more of his writing at JoshuaRogers.com.
     
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  2. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King Site Supporter

    To be honest, I think it should be repeated...especially the last sentence. We need to challenge that "internal policy" if we want a long lasting and happy relationship IMO. I admit that I am not the expert that "Lula" was...but I did have a relationship that most people I knew envied for a bit over 30 years before my wife went and died on me...had it not been for that, I am confident we could have easily gone 60+ years and still not felt it was enough.

    When your partner is reacting, hurting or just wondering is the time they need the most love, and if we withhold because we feel we aren't getting enough, it will only get worse.
     
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  3. john316

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  4. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    I lost my wife 6 days shy of 39 years. I would not have minded 60 years together.
     
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  5. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Beautiful!
     
  6. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    It was while she lived. Now, I'm just treading water. It's a good day if I manage to clean up a little more than I mess up!
     
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