At our wedding reception, my Granddad Pat handed us an envelope. "Here's a little money for your honeymoon," he said.
The money was welcome but of course, quickly spent. But this poem, which was also in the envelope, has lasted. It was written for my husband and I (and possibly all my cousins!) but contains sound advice for every married couple--newlywed or not!
When she takes him for her husband and he takes her for his wife,
And they vow to love and cherish one another all through life,
Then through the years, their happiness can last and it can grow,
But it takes a bit of doin' on both sides to make it so.
Well, we've been married now for nearly forty-seven years,
And Dolly Mae and me has had our share of smiles and tears.
But we've kept our love a grownin' ever since we made the splice
So I guess that makes us qualified to hand out some advice.
When the honeymoon is over and you're back at that old grind,
There's apt to rise, from time to time, some differences of mind.
Now, nothin' clears the air quite like a friendly little fight,
But don't let a quarrel linger, get it settled before night.
It's for sure you love each other and that's one thing you both know,
But it's kinda nice if every day you tell each other so.
Be slow at criticizin' and be generous with praise,
And keep your sense of humor even when there's stormy days.
Love is carin' for an' sharin' everything both good and bad,
and it's all the little things you do to make each other glad.
It's happiness an' sadness and it's hope that brightens fears.
It's trustin' an' forgivin' and it's laughter mixed with tears.
So when the Parson says, "I now pronounce you man and wife,"
And you're headin' down that happy trail that's known as married life,
Your love can grow and flourish and stay always bright and new.
If you'll keep in mind these simple rules that we've laid out for you.
With much love and best wishes
from Grandmama Dolly
and Grandad Pat
Many stories herein are subject to the faulty, and sometimes creative, memory of the blog owner and should not be taken as factual, although the names and events are real! Kind of.