There’s been a ton of research about marriage and certainly a lot of opinions. An ocean of articles, books, podcasts, et. al. have been published and posted on the subject with no apparent end in sight. These all generally offer advice for maintaining a successful union, keeping the romance alive, revitalizing the relationship, and so on and so on.
One dynamic that has always stood out for me is how couples speak of one another in the presence of others. A small amount of good natured kidding aside, the manner with which twosomes interact in such settings seems to speak volumes about their relationship.
The couples I’ve known who show a tendency to refer to each other and their marriage in a positive manner likely experience a level of love based acceptance and there exists a connectedness that coincides with an enduring aura of kindness in the relationship.
And the stories that are told by them reflect their regard for one another and, more importantly, how much they value their relationship.
Food for thought as we post the most recent marriage license applicants who signed on at the Newaygo County Clerk’s office.
Jason Mansfield, Fremont and Samantha Scott, Grant
Autumn Andrews, Fremont and Jayson Potter, Grand Rapids
Curtis Thomas, Hesperia and George Lambright III, Howard City
Darcy Olbrich, Trenton,MI and William Price III, Grand Rapids
Suzanne Schoen, Comstock Park and David Patrick, Big Rapids
Enrique Reyes, Fremont and Emily Bishop, Fremont
“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.”-F. Scott Fitzgerald