CONTRARY to what many women believe, it’s fairly easy to develop a long-term, stable, intimate, and mutually fulfilling relationship with a bloke.
Of course this bloke has to be a Labrador retriever. With human males, it’s extremely difficult.
The above story/article was contributed by Stan & Paula Boelman. We chose it as the feature to begin Marriage Week 2017 as it best describes marriage as a whole. Interestingly, it was published in 1999, the year we started dating, and the story is a true reflection of our relationship. That process of joining the trees together as one gives the picture of marriage, as found in Genesis 2:24 which reads, "This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one."
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But both wore clothes from the bottom of the bin of the Salvation Army store.
After finding only trees that were too expensive, they found a Scotch pine that was okay on one side, but pretty bare on the other. Then they picked up another tree that was not much better – full on one side, scraggly on the other. She whispered something, and he asked if $3 would be okay. Slats figured both trees would not be sold, so he agreed.
A few days later Slats was walking down the street and saw a beautiful tree in the couple's apartment. It was thick and well rounded. He knocked on their door and they told him how they worked the two trees close together where the branches were thin. Then they tied the trunks together. The branches overlapped and formed a tree so thick you couldn't see the wire. Slats described it as “a tiny forest of its own.”
“So that's the secret,” Slats asserts. “You take two trees that aren't perfect, that have flaws, that might even be homely, that maybe nobody else would want. If you put them together just right, you can come up with something really beautiful.”
Mike Royko, One More Time (University of Chicago Press, 1999), pp. 85-87
LEARNING AND GROWING TOGETHER
Posted below is one other contribution from Stan and Paula: Men vs. Women ~ Communication. Sit back and enjoy reading this comical piece.
~Vince & Janice Ramkissoon
This is because guys don’t really grasp what women mean by the term “relationship.”
Let’s say Rob is attracted to a woman name Jennifer. He asks her out to the cinema, she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few nights later he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anyone else.
And then, one evening when they are driving home, a thought occurs to Jennifer. Without really thinking, she says it aloud: “Do you realise that, as of tonight, we’ve been seeing each other for exactly six months?” And then there is silence in the car. To Jennifer, it seems like a very loud silence.
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