Recipe for a Happy Marriage

recipeboxWe’re celebrating the wedding of a colleague at work today, and as part of the toasting of the bride and groom, we were each asked to submit recipes–both for food and love. I shared recipes for pancakes (simple, but so important on Saturday mornings!), beer bread (a quick way to get home-baked bread and it’s delicious with chili), and a happy marriage.

You can find the first two in the Joy of Cooking, but the third one is right here.

My Recipe for a Happy Marriage

Take two people who like each other a bit. Add in: 

-Friendship
-Love 
-Trust
-Listening skills
-Patience
-A double sink in the bathroom
-Forgiveness
-Commitment
-An excellent mattress
-Laughter
-A shared vision for the future
-Space for each to be herself/himself
-Understanding of how to set up the wifi and program the DVR
-More laughter

Mix together, give space to grow, and cherish every day. 

Add in a dash of silliness and some spontaneity. 

Sprinkle liberally with lust. 

Say “I love you” every day. 

Let the ingredients cook for several decades, alternately simmering and boiling, but make sure not to overcook. 

Serves 2. 

What ingredients would be in your recipe for a happy marriage?
 
To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: 
Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart 
– about a finger’s breadth – for breathing room. 
Good fire, good marriage, same rule. 
– Marnie Reed Crowell
 

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  1. June 8, 2012