© jb katke
“You have been married forty years? I can’t imagine being together with someone that long.”
Tina was caregiver to my father and his wife in their final years. The admiration of the love they shared spoke to this twenty something young woman. That’s what prompted her question to my husband and me as to the years we’ve been together.
“What is the glue that motivates you to stay together?”
I ask you, how does one explain in a few words what has taken a lifetime to learn?
We married so young, I must confess, both of us had some growing up to do. But there were some things set in place that helped. Each of us came from a solid two parent home. Both families acknowledged God.
Being high school sweethearts gave us the time to get to know each other. Learning what makes a person tick is beneficial as to whether the relationship continues. We liked each other and appreciated our respective outside interests.
In our dating years there was no sexual intimacy. That may sound admirable, but I later learned becomes crucial.
Our marriage has definitive roles. We relied upon each other. Knowing the one would pull their weight made for less conflict because we shared the same goals.
But things don’t always stay the same. Employment can change. Age happens. Health plays a big part. Adapting becomes the rule of the day.
God’s word indicates a wife to be a help, not a hindrance, to her husband. I became right-hand man to my husbands’ remodeling business. Office assistant and go-fer were added to the hats I wore.
When life changes come at you came, we knew we had each other’s back. Whatever we were in, we were in it together.
The Bible doesn’t indicate a husband to be a helpmate. But he can be if he wants to. Recently, at a quilt workshop, I forgot to pack way too many needful items. My husband willingly brought what I needed. Four times! Happily, because he knows I would do it for him.
Have done it for him. Well, not four times in one day.
Bear with my lopsided humor. In reference to the picture, differing adhesives are required:
Painters tape for little touch-ups that need attention.
Movers tape because oftentimes we need to move on.
Electrical tape as sometimes tempers get hot (ok mine can).
Duct tape when you need something that will stick forever.
Wood glue, with a clamp, when you remember a commitment was made on our wedding day, complete with witnesses!
Explaining to so many doesn’t make sense when you genuinely love each other and know we were brought together for a divine reason.