What Really Kept Our Marriage Together After Kids
When I was single I used to admire those couples I’d see who did their grocery shopping together. They looked so happy, pushing their carts up and down the aisles and cooing at each other as they picked out apples or conferred about which kind of cheese to buy. I imagined them going home, unloading their groceries together and then holding hands as they arranged their canned goods in the pantry.
I thought this was what I’d do when I was in a relationship, until I brought it up to my then-boyfriend (now my husband) and he said something to the effect of it being absolutely ridiculous that two adults couldn’t go to the store and pick up a carton of eggs on their own. Deep down inside I knew he was right, although being the eternal romantic, I did insist on gazing lovingly at him as he brought the bags in from the car.
We’ve been happily married for 23 years, and I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve gone grocery shopping together. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of things we do apart. Besides the practical aspect, we have such different interests and tastes that it’d impossible to do everything as a couple. We like different music so more often than not he’ll go to concerts with his friends and I’ll go with mine. We go to a lot of movies on our own since he prefers science fiction and action films, while I prefer heartfelt stories where someone falls in love with a cute boy, adopts an entire orphanage or has a life epiphany while eating a sandwich in a dimly lit cafe.
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