My husband and I recently celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary. Some of our groomsmen and bridesmaids helped us mark the occasion by pedaling a trolley through an unfamiliar city. It was 98 degrees and the sun blared down on us, but despite the grueling heat, we enjoyed every minute of each other. It's too bad a real marriage can't be that way all the time, right?
As we pedaled on, we caught the occasional breeze, which made the trip a little easier for a moment. Marriage can be like that, too. Sometimes we float through the easiness of things, barely pedaling. Other times, especially after babies enter the algorithm, we have to stand up and pedal hard up a mountain. Yes, our beloved children make marriage a little more difficult. And just like that ride in the intense heat, sometimes we aren't sure we'll make it until the end, but we know that if we try hard enough, we always do.
While my husband and I have been married for 10 years, we've been together for 17 years (it was on and off before we said "I do"). That's a long time to not kill the other person. Our marriage has been far from perfect, especially after having our two children, but today, we're still pedaling together, side by side. While my husband and I are still pretty young in our marriage (10 years is nothing when you've agreed on forever), here are the top 10 things I've learned so far.