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Monday, May 5, 2008

24 years of marriage

Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law who are celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary today. I spoke to my brother yesterday, "Wow, 24 years... that's a long time."

"Yeah, it's a lifetime," he said with a little laugh.

My brother is just 49 years old and his wonderful wife will be 52 tomorrow. I remember years ago I asked him about marriage and one of his responses was: "I've matured a lot!" I don't recall him going into detail, but he indicated that the ride hasn't necessarily been smooth.

So, how do you "survive" 24 years of marriage? I can give you a list of things not to do -- given my current situation, but I think a little insight from someone else is in order. According to Family Builders Ministries, Dear Abby got the following list from a couple who had been married for 50 years.

Ten Rules for a Happy Marriage
1. Never both be angry at the same time.
2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.
3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate.
4. If you must criticize, do it lovingly.
5. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.
8. At least once every day say a kind or complimentary word to your life partner.
9. When you have done something wrong, admit it and ask for forgiveness.
10. Remember it takes two to make a quarrel.

What are your rules for a happy marriage? Do share.
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