Once I heard my mother telling Mowgli something my grandmother believed. She thought that the thing a woman ate most while pregnant would be the thing her child liked least throughout life.
To which Mowgli replied:
“Huh. Maybe that’s why I never liked cocaine.”
Perhaps romance is in the eye of the beholder but that afternoon I was certain once more I had chosen the right husband.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s day a feast not celebrated in our house for the simple reason that you can’t screw up a holiday you do not observe. So in honor of our commitment to un-mushy love, here are 4 completely un fairytale reasons to be married.
- To have one person in your life who may, in a court of law, refuse to rat you out.
(Whether your spouse actually chooses to keep your secrets, however, falls under a much longer blog titled “reasons to be happily married”)
2. For a lifelong fall guy.
“I would go to your… (unbearable social event)… but my wife is having hangnail surgery that same day.”
“Sorry about… (the expensive, now broken, item you loaned me)… my husband is a terrible klutz.”
Spouses are also available for blame when the remote is missing, the car is out of fuel, the dog messes in the house and countless other annoyances.
(Mowgli would like to point out this is actually a great reason to have kids as well…)
3. Because nothing teaches diplomacy more so than a long marriage.
Mowgli and I have argued over US Israeli relations for 25 years.
Twenty Five Years, without ever contemplating divorce.
…Terrorism, sanctions and assassination sure, but never divorce.
4. For counsel. You don’t have to make difficult judgments on your own anymore.
As a matter of fact, now that you have a partner to disagree with you, few decisions if any are likely to be made ever again…
Mowgli, as you read this, know that I love you.
And thank you for still loving me.