Mere Companions?

They all want to glamorize couples’ unions in many ways. There’s the glitz and glamour of wedding ceremonies and the ensuing celebration, the romantic getaways, stories of hot steamy sex or frolicking in some idyllic setting.  And then there are the fairy tales where the strong and handsome prince comes to rescue the beautiful maiden and they live happily ever after.

Dad & Mom at Dad's 80th Birthday, 2010, (c) Likeitiz

Dad & Mom at Dad’s 80th Birthday, 2010, (c) Likeitiz

We were made to swallow all these images of what should be a perfect union for two people and how perfect couples are supposed to be as they ride into the sunset.  Nothing like the unions of Cousin Itt and Margaret of the Addams Family, Wanda Gershwitz and Archie Leach of Fish Called Wanda, or Marcellus Wallace and Mia Wallace of Pulp Fiction.

It was never really about these made up scenes, was it?

My parents have been married now for the last 56 years, going on their 57th.  They have weathered many an economic crisis, our growing years, many moves, family upheavals, you name it.  They have had their highs and lows, some years with more lows, and other years, I’d like to think, had more highs.  Through it all they managed to stay together somehow.

What makes a marriage last, one asks?  I can safely say it’s not the roses and champagne, not the steamy hot tubs, nor the great getaways.  That’s just the beginning. More a mere preamble.

Are they mere companions now?  Bedmates?  Roommates?  If you ask them now, they’ll probably smile and shake their heads wondering why you bother to ask.

This post was in response to this the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge:  Companionable. Click the link to see what others have done with the challenge!

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13 Responses to Mere Companions?

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  3. TammyeHoney says:

    A beautiful tribute. Thank you so much for sharing with your readers. 🙂

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  5. lidipiri says:

    Why do we bother to ask? Indeed that is probably what they would say because at some point it really doesn’t matter… it just IS! But we ask because we want to know the formula. How this incredible feat is achieved. We want to find that the answer is a simple thing: “We do this and if you do it you will attain what we have to.” There are no easy answers and sometimes we should just go with “it just is”. 🙂

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  6. auntyuta says:

    A tribute to your parents. Thanks for sharing this beautiful pictrue. 🙂

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  7. Beautiful post, this is a sweet tribute.

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  9. frizztext says:

    you’ve written a sweet tribute to your parents!

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  10. Angie says:

    Wonderful post! 🙂

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  11. Bastet says:

    Beautiful companions…a great reply to the challenge!

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