Be Mine 2

Yesterday, I heard from a dear friend that she and her husband have separated. She is not the first person I know who has told me this same story, but it was couched in her language, shrouded in her pain. I bow my head in sadness, in desperate hope, in knowing.

Marriage is hard.

And that is my main reason to disdain Valentine’s Day, so it shall go mostly unremarked in our house, except in passing during our school day. When flowers and hoodie footies (goodness no) and chocolates and teddy bears are the focus, the hard work of sticking together falls away. We come to expect certain unattainable—or at least unsustainable—romantic notions of relationships. Sure, I am all about a little romance. But I’d rather my love be polished by the elements of time and experience, rough as they can be, than shellacked with an easily cracked veneer.

I am not suggesting that my friend created a marriage of teddy bears and roses…Far from it. Neither am I establishing myself and my beloved as experts on perfect marriage. As far as I can tell, that expert does not exist. But when I look at her news, and pray for reconciliation, juxtaposed with the ridiculous ads that posit my happiness is achieved through a tennis bracelet (really? People wear those?) I can’t help but wonder if this heavily advertised celebration of romance is all it’s meant to be.

Of course, I could just be a fuddy-duddy. (Totally possible.) To prove I’m not a total lame-o romance killer, I shared our How We Met story with Leigh Kramer, and she’s posting both mine and my husband’s he said/she said stories today. So, if you can’t get enough of how cute we are…head over there. If you’ve had enough or don’t think we’re cute at all, (as if) then, have a happy love day.

Tomorrow we will resume the regularly schedule amazingness that is the Why I Run series, with my old friend Tom.

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2 thoughts on “Be Mine

  • Sara Breeggemann

    Would love to read your How we met story but that site is blocked by my work! 🙁

    Will have to try to remember at home tonight.

  • Sharita Knobloch

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, Jennifer. I want to confirm that you are NOT a fuddy-duddy… We seem to be on the same page when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

    I am an army wife and have learned that making marriage work is so much more than flowers and shiny stuff on day a year. My husband and I have yet to celebrate a Vday together due to his career, so we make an effort to cherish the time we DO have together. We made sure from the very beginning to base our relationship on Christ, because we know that doesn’t wilt, die, deflate or wear out.

    Thanks again for these great thoughts. Oh, and I finished your book a couple days ago… LOVED IT!! It motivated me to break some PR with running and Jesus this week 🙂 Blessings!