18 and counting! No, not kids! My hubby and I are celebrating our 18th anniversary today! Yay us!
So, in honor of 18 years married, here are 18 things I’ve learned about being married:
1. Man sweat has it’s own unique smell.
2. Man farts – see #1
3. Men and women do NOT think the same way, interpret things the same way, or respond to anything in the same way. I know what planet I come from, so he must be the alien.
4. Men see their children as a way to act like a child again; women see the way they acted as a child in everything their children do.
5. Men, even the ones with highly detailed, observer-type jobs cannot find the socks, the belt, or the food item that’s right in front of their noses.
6. Women are not the only ones that bring drama to a relationship.
7. Men are not the only ones that snore at night, or during the day, or any time they are sleeping.
8. Women, during certain times, will intentionally pick a fight, because they can. Men should never expect to win said fight, not because they are incapable, just because she will always win.
9. Men should never, ever take the last of the chocolate that is in the house. See #8.
10. Women should never, ever take the last beer.
11. Women are perfectly capable of mowing the lawn and changing the oil. Most of us just don’t want to.
12. Men are perfectly capable of changing a diaper or doing laundry. Most of them just don’t want to.
13. Men need to kill the spiders and the crickets in the house, even if they scream like a little girl, too.
14. Women are expected to put the hammer and screwdriver away when done using them, but men are not expected to keep the area in front of the tool box cleared of golf clubs or fishing gear.
15. Men and women should always have separate toothpastes. One, because of the whole “eeewww” factor, and two, to prevent the worst fights in marital history. It really should be rolled from the bottom.
16. Toilet paper and the toilet seat – There is nothing to explain here. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t ever get married.
17. Someone will always hog either the covers or the bed. Which one is a toss up, so just expect it. I think that Rob and Laura, and Lucy and Desi had the right idea.
18. Marriage is not a 50%/50% relationship. It’s a 100%/100% relationship.
The most important thing I’ve learned in 18 years of marriage is that love, respect and trust are essential to a thriving marriage.
When you care about your partner’s needs more than your own, when you treat your spouse as the most important part of your life, when you are best friends, when you give the very best of yourself and share everything with each other, you, too, can have 18 and counting (and I’m not talking about kids).
Ephesians 5:33 (ESV)
33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (CEB)
4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, 5 it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, 6 it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.
Are you married? How long have you been married? What else would you add to this list?
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