Sunday's article highlighted six couples from the early months of the column, which started in 1992. Some of the couples are married, some have divorced, some have been widow(er)ed. Their reflections on marriage are sweet, funny, and in a few cases, heartbreaking.
One woman, whose husband died of a heart attack, said she doesn't lock her car anymore, because after his death, "I’m beyond locking. I’m liberated. What could go wrong now?”
Another couple "talk about their marriage as if it’s a citadel, discussing the importance of protecting it from outside threats." The wife said that she thinks it's romantic when her husband fills up her car with gas :) (as the designated gas-filler-upper and primary driver in my house, I agree!).
My favorite line, however, came from a husband reflecting on his twenty years of marriage: “If I were to boil it down to one thing, Susan stayed nice and I stayed funny...If you can stay kind and keep a sense of humor, man, you can get through anything.”
That about sums it up, doesn't it?
(All images by Max Wanger)