Dating cohabitation and marriage

Someone must be there to know what we have done for those we love. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, All of it… You’re saying “Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it.Frank Pittman **************** Or, put another way, and 'borrowed' from Pittman: Why is it that people get married? Your life will not go unwitnessed - because I will be your witness.” **************** I knew couples who’d been married almost forever – forty, fifty, sixty years. They’d be tending each other’s illnesses, filling in each other’s faulty memories, dealing with the money troubles or the daughter’s suicide, or the grandson’s drug addiction. I’d have hung on then; I swear I would.” Anne Tyler, "A Patchwork Planet" *************The heart of marriage is memories.

David Augsburger************** When asked his secret of love, being married fifty-four years to the same person, he said, "Ruth and I are happily incompatible." **************** Any fool can have a trophy wife. Diane Sollee, *************** One advantage of marriage, it seems to me, is that when you fall out of love with each other, it keeps you together until maybe you fall in love again.

No problem, that is, except one: about marriage, and marriage alone, we despair.

Maggie Gallagher ***************They say it takes a village to raise a child.

And I was beginning to suspect that it made no difference whether they’d married the right person. You’ve signed on with her, put in a half century with her, grown to know her as well as you know yourself or even better, and she’s become the right person. Bill Cosby************** I now think of marriage like I think about living in my home state of Minnesota.

You move into marriage in the springtime of hope, but eventually arrive at the Minnesota winter, with its cold and darkness.

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