What is it like being married for 20 years??
Being married for a long time means that you know someone
as good as better than you know yourself. Why do I say that?? How can I know my husband better than I know myself? There are certain things about myself that remain hidden from me. I refuse to admit, or see, my faults at times. But I have no problem seeing the faults of my husband.
I know that sounds bad, but I find it to be true. Sometimes I cannot see myself for who I really am. My husband is that step outside of myself.
I know everything about him. I know his strengths, I know his weaknesses. I have heard about everything that has ever happened to him. I know his past. I’ve heard his life story more than once. I know how he will respond in any given situation. I know his habits and routines. I could order his food for him in a restaurant if he was running late.
It is knowing everything about someone, the good and the bad, and loving them anyway.
We have almost identical thoughts about religion, money, and politics. This is vital.
We work as a team to raise the children. He is the bad cop and I am the good cop. We balance each other out.
We share similar hobbies…traveling, sailing, running.
We even run a business together. He is big picture. I am the details. We have each other to bounce ideas off of to make great business decisions. We talk shop in the evening and can really relate to the stresses of the day.
We both had hard childhoods. We both have scars. We both have demons. This motivates us to work hard on our relationship. We appreciate what we have because of what we didn’t have.
We both want a life of adventure. We don’t want our weekends to be filled with hours of nothing to do.
I miss him when he is gone.
I get annoyed when we spend too much time together.
The honeymoon was over a long time ago. But so are the tears, the fights, and the fear of him leaving.
Now I fear that there isn’t enough time..
We don’t get along 100% of the time, but we make it work.
We build each other up higher than we could ever go alone.
It may not be as exciting as finding a new partner every couple of years, but it is much more rewarding.
I’m thankful that God gave us 20 wonderful years together…
Hand in hand we entered this journey through decades and years…different houses, different cars, college finals, 3 children, dirty diapers, sickness, fitness, running a business, making supper, doing chores, a cancer scare, major surgeries, family vacations, the death of grandparents, teenagers, graduations, the death of a parent…
A journey that continues on endlessly until the very end..