Monday, June 3, 2013

a story of a marriage

"...we have learned to live with each other, accepting each other's edges and corners."
Madeleine L'Engle
Two-Part Invention

For thirty-five years my husband and I have lived with each other.

The edges and corners have not become less sharp necessarily, just accepted with warm appeal all around.

If you have never read this book, Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L'Engle, you should take the time and do so, perhaps this summer. This book is one of the best books on marriage that I have ever read. It is beautifully written; an open, heartfelt, and sincere book about the beginnings of a marriage that spanned forty years, "unto death do us part". While I might not agree with the entirety of the author's Biblical doctrines, I wholeheartedly believe in the principles that governed her life in how she viewed a committed marriage relationship, and the manner in which she lived her life and defined family.  Two-Part Invention is the fourth book in a series she entitled the Crosswicks Journal, all of which are autobiographical and written with her heart and soul completely entwined.

In celebration of thirty-five years together, my husband and I took an overnighter to one of our favorite getaways. We had six windows in our hotel room, two of which were in the bathroom! We dressed up and dined in the fancy dining room that evening while a music trio played the "soft love songs of the past".

Somehow I have always known my edges and corners were sharper than his from the very beginning...but he would never admit it or say that was true. My husband, my love, he is a wonderful man.


Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Beautifully written and happy anniversary to you both!

Claire Davis said...

Happy Anniversary! I haven't read that book of hers so I will add it to my list.

I think you compliment each other nicely. Your trip sounds like a sweet time, 35 years is a wonderful thing to celebrate!

no spring chicken said...

A man who never compares sharp corners is a treasure indeed. Congratulations on succeeding in life's hardest yet most rewarding achievements. What God has joined together... :)

Blessings, Debbie

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