Marriage is like a thrill ride at Disney World. You enter it with happiness, a degree of fear, and with great expectations. What lies ahead is reality of the ride.
Living on a shoestring many years ago, I planned our wedding, managing to spend a total of $300.00—dress, flowers,and a prime rib dinner for 28 close friends and family. Today's couples spend, on the average, $20,000 for the wedding of their dreams.
Despite the romance a marriage conveys—much the result of Hollywood movies, television, magazines and advertising, one soon realizes, upon entering the institution of marriage, that it's a fine meal of sorts. It needs spices, sauce, sugar, and some time to bubble and simmer. Keep romance revved up. Be ingenious—write your spouse a poem or a love letter, surprise her/him with candy, a card you've made..a long kiss.
As for everyday life, I have to say my husband kicks in with housework, especially the vacuuming. What a guy..I don't expect it. It's a romantic gesture, I guess. Tom's a man of schedules. Everything, including eating is at a specific time. Me, I'm spontaneous and flexible as a stick of gum. Want to go to lunch or a movie at 4:00, I'm there!
We are polar opposites, but the main ingredients to our thirty-seven years together have been love, compromise, and respect. Each of us contribute personality attributes and qualities to the marriage. Some are quirky, that goes without saying.
Yes, marriage is the reality that you do find cereal crumbs in your shorts, or an edge of toothpaste stuck to the corner of your mouth..
According to my spam folder today, I might get rich by purchasing an internet wealth kit; I've also won an international lottery worth millions. There's a berry drink to help one lose weight, and an ad for a lunchtime face lift. Wow, I've got it made!
Some of these intriguing [and deceptive emails] are meant to lure one into an alluring new you. Personally, I'm happy with who and what I am. Who couldn't use a quick way to make money? I didn't know that I'd entered a lottery, or that a magistrate from a foreign country wanted to bestow an inheritance to my name.
So I get a new wrinkle in my face, or I'm a little softer around the middle. I'm drinking more water, so I figure I'll help hydrate my skin--maybe diminishing some of the new wrinkles. If I opt for the lunchtime lift, I might look smooth and alluring for awhile, but I'll also be in the hole for a couple thousand. As for my waistline, I can increase my exercise routine, and I don't need a gym for that. Bending, stretching, and putting a zipper on my mouth will certainly help.
It's up to me if I want to take advantage of the email hype, but I'm happy with who and what I am.
The wildfire in the Big Cypress Preserve in the Everglades continues to burn, shutting down Alligator Alley for the second consecutive day,and possibly,through to Monday. Containment is about 30%. Tuesday morning's thunderstorm over the 'Glades triggered a lightning strike.
My first thought when hearing of this disaster was to think that someone's careless cigarette had been flipped out of a car window. Unfortunately, that action is a common sight, and wasn't beyond the realm of possibility.
The Everglades span the entire southern half of Florida. Over a million and a half acres, with a maximum elevation of no more than ten feet above sea level, the Everglades is the largest subtropical wetland in North America. This massive watershed provides a subtropical refuge for unique wildlife and endangered species.
I've taken Loop Road 29 which draws you through a corridor of hardwood trees. On one side, the vast prairies stretch out almost endlessly. Great White Herons and other bird species share the saw grass marshlands with their neighbor, the alligator. It's also reported that some 30,000 Burmese python now inhabit areas of the Everglades. On the opposite side of the loop road, Blue Night Herons, Egrets and Ibis roam the deep forest sanctuaries.
The Big Cypress Preserve has always been a favorite photographic junket of mine. There's an amazing solitude that prevails, a wonderful peace, with only the chants of wildlife breaking the silence.
When something as devastating as fire engulfs and threatens people's lives and homes, or rages through a precious ecosystem such as the Everglades, it saddens me.