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Who Put The "Ow" In Wedding Vow?

Nov 17, 2007
Who knew the "for better or for worse" part of my wedding vows would get better and better? When you're opposites, one spouse supposedly balances the other. I don't think so. If you're deaf, it affects your balance. If you're deaf to the beliefs and needs of your partner, wouldn't it affect the balance of your marriage? John and I may have been opposites when we attracted, but time changes all things. Now we agree on lots of things - like agreeing to disagree.

Thankfully, the "for better of for worse" part of our wedding vows covers my cooking. I hadn't cooked before I got married and I still think of "cook" as a four-letter word. Unfortunately, no one else wants to do it. My family would rather eat their words along with whatever I occasionally burn for dinner.

As for the "richer and poorer" part of our vows, John and I have been both several times and for richer is definitely better. You can't buy happiness; but you can buy solutions for lots of life's little problems and then there's less to be unhappy about.

Then there's the "in sickness and in health" part. Happily, we haven't had much sickness - other than John's four or five colds a year. Then you'd think he was fighting for his life. Our bathroom becomes a battlefield with medications lined up on the vanity like little soldiers. Boxes of tissues are strategically placed throughout the house and there's a battle plan of what tonic or pill to take when. In spite of all that, the battle lasts two weeks. The cold dies a natural death, but John claims another victory and lives to fight another day.

John didn't do much fighting after he strained his neck at the gym. I suggested he use a heat pad to reduce the pain. Because he continued to complain, I made the suggestion again. Then I went and got the heat pad. I smiled to myself when I realized he was being his own pain in the neck.

Although it pained me to hear it, a friend told me that couples start looking like each other after they've been married for a long time. I thought people started looking like their dogs. On fourth look, however, I realized she was right. John and I are starting to look alike. We look like we need a second honeymoon.
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