Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Question of the Week

The news was very depressing last week. Al Gore and Tipper are getting divorced. After 40 years of marriage. I'm not going to speculate on why someone would choose to split after weathering diapers and teenagers and public life (which is brutal, no matter your political affiliation), and bills and shared worries but it gave me a little brain cloud. Neither one, as far as anyone knows, went...ahem...hiking along the Appalachian Trail, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I'm a big fan of marriage and am a little bummed those crazy kids didn't make it.

In The Doubtful Marriage, Rauwerd maps out his recipe for a successful married life:

We will make an exception of love; that is a bonus in a happy marriage. Liking, respect, a shared interest in similar things, a similar background, an ability to laugh together and at each other, loyalty--they all add up to a happy marriage, even without your romantic ideas about falling in fall in love and to love at the same time is, for those fortunate enough to do it, the crown of life.

My question is: What makes for a happy marriage? To what extent do you agree or would amend and revise this statement?