When you are newly wed, you’ll find the love of man and wife
Is but an infant, much too delicate to handle strife.
His very first objection comes and her defenses soar;
She runs and cries; infatuation flees through open door.
They shed the precious puppy love that tempted them to wed—
The joy at coming home from work too soon succumbs to dread;
He ridicules her cooking skills; she corrects him when he speaks.
(For some this takes a year or more, for others only weeks.)
Their wedding vows, like silken threads, will knit them through the years,
And in that time they’ll likely know their share of smiles and tears.
They’ll come to wonder why the fuss; what could make them fight?
The tissue roll? the toothpaste tube? the cold feet in the night?
A crisis comes. The man and wife must choose which way to take:
Will she let on that she did wrong? Will he hide his mistake?
They pause… to listen, and to talk. They give an inch or two.
They learn to let their love run freely. We did. So can you.
TBT, February 14, 2003
Copyright © 2017 Linda Luna – All Rights Reserved
Written for class, but I am glad to say that my husband and I have now been married nearly 23 years, and yes, many of those little quarrels now seem incredibly petty. Marriage is not 50/50, it is 100/100. If both spouses are not willing to give everything they’ve got, it will not work. Let’s face it, folks, building a good, solid, fulfilling marriage takes work. But oh is it rewarding!