Over ten years ago my daughter, Ashley, gifted me with a nicely bound book.
And it’s meant to be a family legacy you leave for your children.
Every page has a new question to answer about my life.
I pick it up every once in a while and fill out a page or two.
A question I just answered was a very interesting and thought-provoking question:
“What do you love best about Dad now?”
I have been married for over 47 years. That is a very long time. I was single for barely nineteen years prior to becoming a bride. So it is hard to even consider what life would be like without Dan.
But what do I love most about him now? It came to me easily.
I love his voracious quest for learning and growing. I have always admired his wisdom from the day I met him and that has never waned. But what hit me about this question that made me hesitate was that my love for Dan is nowhere near what it was when I was a young bride. It is not at all like it was when I was a young mother. My love for him has changed a lot.
It concerns me that young couples expect to live the rest of their days waiting for their lover to come through the door, rip their clothes off, whisper undying love and devotion and spend every night in passionate love making.
If you are one of those couples, let me be the first to burst that bubble.
About the time you have three children throwing up all night and you are bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, making passionate love all night is about the furthest thing from your mind. In fact, you may, during an episode like this, wish you had never MADE love in the first place!
The truth is, love changes as you settle into the years together establishing a family, making a career, dealing with financial ups and downs, family disasters, health issues and myriad other life happenings.
As I wrote my answer to the question about what I love most about Dan now, I wrote:
“I am more comfortable in our love.”
I could see mental eye-rolling by most young people who would think that by “more comfortable” I mean boring. Let me be perfectly clear on this. Life has NEVER been boring married to my husband. In fact, perhaps a little boredom would be a welcome reprieve from the adventures we have had in the last 47 years.
By the time you are married for as many decades as I have been, love is so much deeper than you can possibly imagine it to be……. if both parties have diligently worked to make it so.
It takes decades of working together to create that deep commitment. I added to my answer that another thing I love most about Dan is that he has done whatever he needed to do to keep peace between us.
He has put me first. Even before our beautiful daughter who gave me this book. Even before our two incredible sons. Even before business, friends and extended family.
I came first. Always and forever. And the same is true of my dedication to him.
That’s the only way it works. Our lives have not been about standing our ground and being right but it has been totally about “How can I love and serve you well?”
Now, don’t read this wrong. We aren’t too old to enjoy a passionate night! The point is, love changes. And that is the way it should be. And when life seems to crowd out the desire to open the door, rip off your clothes, and jump in the sack with your dream lover, don’t get discouraged. There are so many more dimensions to deep love that are ever-changing…..and infinitely comfortable.
In her new book, Be Your Finest Art, you will find more ideas about how to be a better communicator and listener and how playing games creates great memories and family time. This book is full of color and art and is a unique and beautiful gift for that special someone as we approach St. Valentine's Day or just to say “I love you.”
She has also authored four children’s books, which my kids LOVE. She and Dan have three grown children and twelve grandchildren and lots of years living the entrepreneurial roller-coaster life of adventure!