Knots & Tangles and 26 Years Of Marriage

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Knots & Tangles and 26 Years of Marriage

knots&tangles and 26 years of marriage

Recently we were asked what our secret was to stay married for 26 years as we passed our 26 year Wedding Anniversary date this past August. Both The Viking and I chuckled because first of all we have been together for 29 years this coming March so that’s the day our relationship began as far as we are concerned so it’s closer to 30 years and also what is wedded bliss afterall? If you think it looks like no fighting you would be wrong….the Viking and I are truly opposites – that’s an understatement…oops 😉

The truth is the No. 1 secret to our wedded fortitude is a couple of things…we both learned from watching other divorced couples a couple of things and we learned that the toughest part of any marriage is being able to change as your spouse changes so we decided we were committed to changing along the way although I struggle with this part more than him. We are not simply born and stay the same that’s just not how it works, so if you marry someone and you loved them because they went out drinking and smoking with you every Friday night that’s not the right reason to get married they may not always drink or smoke. Case in point the Viking and I were both smokers in our past life and neither of us smoke now..wonder if that contributed to my thyroid cancer? I tell people don’t marry someone else’s habits they will change. I used to stay up late and sleep in late and now I go to bed earlier and get out of bed earlier and the Viking now likes to retire late and sleep in…our roles reversed and that’s not the only thing that’s changed. I used to do all the cooking and now he does a lot more of the cooking and I could go on and on but the point is we change.

We had a rule that we would never go to bed mad or angry but that ended years ago after the babies came along when I couldn’t stay up to tell him how mad I was about something because I had a 2am feeding or we were dealing with colic, ear infections, or bills stacking up at the door. I worked full time and our babies were in daycare but basically no matter what we were a team.

Then there are moments that stand out in your marriage and you realize that this is the love of my life I could not do any of this without him. One of the biggest moments was years ago I worked in a development office in Raleigh, NC under 3 powerful male managers as a secretary and they were not very kind let’s just say that…..I took the job and it was the year my son had ear infection after ear infection and I had to leave to bring him to the doctor one too many times and the three of them called me into their all glass conference room and threw the book at me. Me who wasn’t able to sleep through the night because her son was sick, me who had no energy because I was fighting thyroid cancer and did not know it, me who had a very smart, vivacious, and talented AIG daughter who needed lots of attention and had lots of homework in the afternoon, me who had an active and delightful son who needed lots of attention, me who was paying $800 a month for daycare, me who had no energy to cook healthy food and they told me that I wasn’t bringing my best to the job and I had to step it up or it wasn’t going to work out. I immediately fled the brick and glass building and called my husband and he met me nearby and jumped in my car and just held me while I cried. That’s all I needed was someone to hold me.

The day I told my husband that I had thyroid cancer he just held on to me and he said “We will beat this!” and I believed him. I never cried in front of him this time I didn’t want to worry him but I was worried. Thankfully I am here today to tell you that I have been cured now for 6 years almost 7 now! There was never any discussion of anything else.

We learned to love each other’s hobbies…I’m a Sci-Fi addict and I love chickens, crocheting, and canning these days. He loves the bees, local music, and making wine. We cross over on our hobbies in a lot of areas for example he takes care of my chickens and I love local music but if we didn’t try to learn what the other loves or what the makes the other one tick well I don’t think that works. I am working on eating more paleo and he is joining me on that journey too and is always willing to try a new recipe! Also and this is a real stretch I have my very first Fantasy Football Team and I joined a league and he is totally humoring me in this as well. Enjoy your football everyone today I know it’s the big day and make sure to eat some wings they are my fave!

You also have to put up with each other’s idiosyncracies…the Viking is a collector and not only does he love local music he is a music addict and has to playing just about all the time. I love books even when I don’t have time to read them and they are everywhere and I am forever tangling my jewelry and I cannot for the life of me untangle it so he is so patient to untangle it for me. He is the family doctor and has been for years he has a gentle touch I am the family go getter…you have a college application or essay you need help with I’m your gal. Learn to love each others strengths and tolerate their weakness. Recently I heard at a meeting that tolerate wasn’t such a good word and that we should embrace each others differences LOL that is easier said than done in some cases.

But I do love my “Viking” dearly with all my heart!

The hugest fight in our marriage of recent years was over a plate of lasagna but that’s another blog post 😉

I am friends with so many couples and I love how they each bring their different approach to their relationships I think the really cool thing about them is whether you are married for 26 years or with the love of your life for 10 years is that you carve out what works for you and I guess ultimately that is our secret to wedded bliss! 🙂

Probably the biggest secret we have is that we are both forgetful. For that I’m thankful!

Fondly

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4 thoughts on “Knots & Tangles and 26 Years Of Marriage

  1. Congratulations on 26/29 yrs together!! Hubby and I have been together just over 40 yrs and married for 39 as of last June. He worked nights most of those years and I stayed home and raised 3 kids. What’s that old saying….Divorce never….murder…yup!! He drives me batty a lot of days but I haven’t strangled him yet. I had to shoulder a lot of the load here in 2009 when he decided to try re-roofing the house and fell off. Thankfully he survived. Then in 2011 he started feeling crappy and we all thought it was just the hernia he had and that after surgery all would be fine….nope. He had issues with low blood pressure and it took the doctors a few months to figure out his problem was something called Amyloidosis. He was so sick during chemo. We almost lost him there but he is still around. He lost much of his get up and go but has been fiddling around with some artwork and he is happy as a clam doing that. With sewing, crochet, knitting, and other crafts I have been the crafty one in the mix and he has supported that over the years. He still drives me batty but we are still hanging in there….

  2. Christine I always love hearing from you…I feel that we can relate to each other on many levels…I so look up to you and admire you for your fortitude with dealing with such heavy burdens…..you don’t know how strong you can be until you have to be strong. Congratulations to you on your 39/40 years :)……I think it is a mentality that divorce is not an option and holding on tight to each other…it’s easy to let little things crop up and make you angry but you are right pushing through definitely works definitely during the tough times! Thanks for stopping in! 🙂

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