Seniors Outreach - July 13, 2016

Hope everyone is enjoying summer so far! We sure have been lucky to have Mackenzie Andrews as our summer student and I would like to acknowledge her writing of last week’s column and also the Seniors Week column! Great work!
Today I am away from Seniors Outreach, celebrating a huge milestone with my husband Ken! We are very blessed to be celebrating 25 years of marriage! This occasion had me thinking a lot about marriage and how in a world where it seems an oddity to stay together, what are some ways to make it last? I did some research and here are some tips from Seniors on how to have a successful long time marriage.
• “When you go to bed at night, it doesn’t matter how angry or sad you are, you don’t have to say anything but you always, always touch toes. Just a little reminder that I’m here and I still love you no matter what.”
• “Never hang wallpaper together.”
• “Argue. Argue lots, but always remember to get over it. “
• “Respect each other.”
• “We never discuss sensitive subjects when hungry or tired. And eat marshmallows to improve communication. What’s the one thing you can’t possibly do with a mouthful of marshmallows? Talk. Communication is more about listening than talking.”
• “Don’t marry anybody who can’t move their feet, that’s the worst thing in the world, is to get a partner who can’t dance.”
• “See the humour in things.”
• “We have separate bathrooms. It’s not a luxury to have one place in the house that you don’t share. Forty-five years of hearing your partner gurgle his way through the theme song to Bill Dance’s fishing show is guaranteed to start you off in a bad mood. There’s nothing romantic about watching your hubby dearest attack the hairs in his ears or yank out an offending nose hair.”
I’ll make sure I share these with Ken and with any luck, we’ll be fortunate enough to celebrate our 50th as some of these folks have!