Marriage Is No Fairytale

marriageI have been married for 14 years. Yes, to the same man! We were 23 years old on our wedding day. We were so in love, we couldn’t get enough of each other. He was my best friend, and I was his.

Truth: At 23 years old, I didn’t have a clue what a marriage really was…and at 37, I still find myself struggling to figure it out sometimes.

In the beginning, our marriage was bliss. Although we never went away on a honeymoon, every day felt like one πŸ™‚ And then reality set in. I don’t even know how it happened. As it turned out, the man who had the power to make my day with a simple smile also had the power to anger me to the point where I felt like a clip from the exorcist. And me, the woman who could jumpstart his heart with a look,Β  I had somehow learned to make his head spin a time or two as well. It’s nothing short of a miracle that we are both around today to tell the tale, there were days we could have happily killed each other.

It was a humbling lesson, but what I realized during the early years of our marriage was how very little I actually knew about myself and my husband. As I grew and changed, Curtis grew andΒ  changed. We once seemed to have so much in common, and then it felt like we had nothing in common. He drove me nuts and I drove him equally nuts. How we survived, I don’t know. Sometimes I felt like he didn’t know me at all, and yet there were still days when I felt like he knew me better than I knew myself.

Here’s what 14 years of marriage has taught me…

Marriage is not a fairytale. It’s an adventure, a journey, a true test of patience and love. Marriage is about constantly exploring and rediscovering each other. It’s about falling in love over and over again. It’s about learning to ride the waves of chaos together. It’s not about following rules in a book, or taking advice that worked for someone else, it’s about figuring out what works for us in our marriage. It’s about finding joy in and for each other as individuals as well as together as partners.

My being a dreamer drove my realist, grounded husband insane. The other day I asked him if he wouldn’t prefer to find someone more stable like him (someone he often begs me to be), he reflected, laughed and said “no, after being with you, that would be too boring”.

I used to look at his realist personality as restrictive, now I see that it’s this part of him that keeps me grounded. His stability also allows him to be the provider he is to this family.

I love my husband more deeply today than I ever have. This past year has been my favorite as husband and wife. We have learned to appreciate each other for all that we are; the good, the bad, and the ugly. We may finally have this whole marriage thing down to an art πŸ˜‰ Here’s to the next 14 years πŸ™‚

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13 Comments

  1. πŸ˜€ I love that you loved it πŸ˜€

  2. Anonymous

     /  June 7, 2013

    I loved it!!

  3. lol πŸ˜‰ He laughed when I read it to him πŸ™‚ Yes, one big adventure…that’s what marriage should be πŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous

     /  June 7, 2013

    Great blog Sandy πŸ™‚ I can now def see how Curtis and I are related πŸ™‚ Keep it interesting πŸ™‚ Thats what I believe a marriage should be a love, adventure πŸ™‚ good job!!

  5. What I love most about writing is providing a new perspective πŸ™‚ thank you!

  6. Anonymous

     /  June 7, 2013

    Wow very nicely said Sandy, makes me sit and think about my own marriage a little more soI thank you for that .

  7. Thank you ❀ That means so much xo

  8. True πŸ™‚ I think it’s about accepting you will drive each other nuts, the trick is to figure out how to do it without killing each other πŸ˜‰ lol Bottom line is…married people deserve medals

  9. Anonymous

     /  June 7, 2013

    wow hon I love it very much….your so dead on…keep up the fantastic ritting I so look forward to it…..love ya xoxox

  10. Great job Sandy! After being married to your father for 38 years, we still find ourselves, at times, going through the same struggles. Marriage is something you work at every day…you laugh, you have disagreements, you cry…you keep working at it. In the end hopefully you look back and see only the good days and forget the bad. Keep up the good work!

  11. Thank you ❀ ❀

  12. Anonymous

     /  June 7, 2013

    Congratulations, Sandy! This is truly beautiful. God’s richest blessings to you and Curtis, and your family! xox

  13. Anonymous

     /  June 7, 2013

    Great job Sandy ❀

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