Short Stories

For Better Or For Worse

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin

Our romance was different. Today, people wait and wait—for the time to be just right. They wait to get married; they wait to have kids; they develop their careers.

When Richard and I got married after four months, I was excited—but I was also nervous. I didn’t know anyone else who was in my situation, and when Richard and I started talking about kids after only a few months—again, I was excited, but even more nervous.

As our adventures collided, our responsibilities piled up, and our family grew, the love that I had in my heart for my life was equally matched by stress in our relationship. But, I learned that this was a different stress. This was a passionate stress, that blossomed in the thick of our hardest work and our most eager moments—only to burst into calming relaxation afterwards. Each moment we spent fraught with our fight to make our lives what we wanted them to be—was matched by an endless energy of love.

I found myself falling in love with Richard over and over again. Now that I am older, I find myself fondly looking at all those times where things were difficult. Nothing stays that way forever—for better or worse, but you always have each other.

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