Wednesday, August 22

In the moment . . .

The following excerpt is from my favorite recent article and the best marriage advice I've found in one place:

"His house key is in the lock. He’s home from work and about to step inside. In the kitchen, real life is scattered all around. The baby is crying. The three-year-old just poured milk—not in a glass but all over the counter. The seven-year-old needs some daddy attention. And dinner isn’t ready.

With a deadline at work tomorrow, a head buzzing from rush-hour traffic, and a Church meeting tonight, he’s hoping she will greet him with some relief.

Hearing him come in, she is glad a relief party has arrived! But when she sees his face fall as he looks around, she defends herself: “Look—I work all day too. I’ve been with these kids nonstop, and I really need a break. Will you please fix this macaroni and cheese and help with the kids?”

In the heat of her request, his hope evaporates into exasperation, and he is about to react.

At this crossroads of their busy day, these two have some choices. Will they use this moment to practice being the kind of companion each has covenanted to become? Or will each one default to past conditioning—familial and cultural? Certain attitudes and ideas have crept into the very air they breathe, challenging them as they try to work with each other rather than against each other. . ."
Elder Bruce C. Hafen and Marie K. Hafen, “Crossing Thresholds and Becoming Equal Partners,” Ensign, Aug 2007, 24–29.

Essentially, the article highlights how in a marriage we should strive for interdependence, not dependence upon or independence from our spouse and where those attitudes have come from over the years. It closes with the sweetest story of a couple who was married for 56 years. I cried as I read this article aloud to Ryan while he painstakinly made his mom's famous roast dinner for friends coming that evening. I'm so lucky to have this man who often exemplifies selflessness in these threshold moments!