Thursday, March 27, 2008

Love and Marriage

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." Mignon McLaughlin

Love and marriage, go together like a horse and carriage...

I came across this quotation this morning, and for me it provoked much thought.  The entertainment world quick news this morning reported the after 19 years of marriage Robin Williams and his wife are divorcing.

What is the recipe for a successful, long lasting marriage?  Is it even possible in this day and age?

17 or 19 years is a long time to be with someone else. Do men and women forget what brought them together in the first place?  Are the events of daily life too much for a couple to sustain "until death do them part"?

I am saddened by the divorce rate in this country. I am saddened by the selfishness. I am saddened by the fact that couples just don't stay together. I realize it is often difficult to put up with someone after you know all their flaws, but what then is the answer?  Okay, I will concede that sometimes people marry for the wrong reason and the love just isn't strong enough. Well the horse and carriage are the thing of the past.  Are successful marriages heading in that direction?

So I think this quotation must hold some truth.  You have to keep falling in love with that same person to achieve success.


The Zone said...

I just happened across your blog and had to comment on your posting. I am sickened by how many people think of marriage as "disposable" relationship. I'd have to say that my mom brought me up right when she taught us that love is a commitment more than it is a feeling. While there are certainly exceptions - divorce should be the last answer. Families are torn apart and things will never, never be right again. After 13 year of marriage myself and being together for 16 years - I'd have to whole heartedly agree with the quote that states you fall in love with the same person over and over again. That's the blessing of a real marriage! Just my two cents worth........Heather

Single at 50 said...

Thanks for commenting, Heather. I can see we are in total agreement on this issue.