Tell Again Tuesday
A blog series where we shamelessly share posts from others that we have enjoyed.
We don’t normally pimp stories from magazines but could not pass this up since we believe the article to be correct. At least the information rings true to our way of thinking and we’ve been married 45 years as of this coming Saturday.
The Single Best Piece of Marriage Advice Ever Given
@lisa_grunwald June 5, 2015
Know someone saying ‘I do’ this month? Here’s what to tell them
First, some numbers: I’ve been married (to the same person) for twenty-seven years. Those twenty-seven years have included six in which we were researching an anthology about marriage. That anthology (The Marriage Book: Centuries of Advice, Inspiration, and Cautionary Tales, from Adam & Eve to Zoloft) is 560 pages long. Those 560 pages include 529 entries that we arrived at after scanning—honestly—tens of thousands of books, poems, newspaper articles, letters, postcards, photographs, and songs.
So after all that searching, I’ve been asked to name the one—just the one—best piece of advice that my husband and I would offer a newly married couple.
Are you ready? With the caveat that there are 3.7 pounds of other wisdom in our book, this is it. It was written in a notebook in 1909 by the poet William Butler Yeats when he was 44: