Saturday, April 30, 2011

Y is for Yet to be...

'Grow old along with me,
The best is yet to be.
The end of life for which the first was made...'    [Rabbi Ben Ezra]

These are the first lines of a long poem and I dedicate them to Prince William and his bride, Catherine Middleton, as they embark upon their married life.

So many marriages are short lived for a multitude of reasons. There's something very special about a long relationship that remains intact: wherein the couple still enjoy each other's company, still find pleasure in being together, caring and sharing, after the heightened flush of youth and youthful pursuits is over. At any age there are new experiences and things to discover about each other and about the world around us. We don't have to cling stubbornly to the things of youth. There are benefits and pleasures to be had in each decade of life. There are struggles too. And when the storm hits us we must be flexible. We should remember that the creatures who survive the longest are those that have the ability to adapt. I believe this applies to people and to marriages.

I wish the Royal couple, and other couples embarking on this adventure, lots of luck. We all need a bit of that.

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