Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Good Marriage Quote

To keep the fire burning brightly there's one easy rule:
Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm
and far enough apart - about a finger's breadth -
for breathing room.
Good fire, good marriage, same rule.

Marnie Reed Crowel, natural history writer

This quote and Renoir painting are favorites of mine. I enclosed this quote in the card I gave at the wedding we attended last weekend.
Like the quote, I believe it is important for married couples to stay close for warmth and support. It is also essential to have space for room to grow as individuals.
As spring draws near and tends to be a time for renewal and rebirth, these things are good to contemplate. Do you have breathing room in your marriage to pursue individual interests and growth. Do you support your spouse's individual interests?
After fifteen years of marriage I have found that if my husband spends a day on his tractor working the back 40 he is revived and happy. I always benefit from his happiness.
Do you share activities and spend quality time together to keep the fire burning? Last month we got out for a "date night" and talked the whole time. It was fun for us to reconnect as a couple without all the kids wanting our attention. We decided to try and make date nights a more regular occurrence.
Time together and time apart - this combination can make life interesting and fulfilling.
Shine your light,

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