I catch myself taking a lot of things for granted. I take it for granted that my parents are around to ask advice or talk things through. I take it for granted that I have two beautiful children who are in really good health (something I never thought I would do considering how long it took us to have them). I take it for granted that my husband will kiss me good-bye every morning and good-night every evening. I take it for granted that we have electricity and water and shelter and food. Do you?
My husband and I will celebrate fourteen years of marriage this June. It's not that many, really. My maternal grandparents were married 66 years before my grandfather passed away. My parents hit 37 in March. My in-laws would have celebrated 40 years last January. And yet, I have so many friends and people I know who haven't even made it to fourteen years. Some of them didn't make it five or ten.
I read a story online about a couple who decided they were going to get a divorce and all of their friends and family told them, "no" and made them work it out. And they are stronger and better now because of it. It made me want to write a novel about a similar situation. I think I may title it "For better or worse or granted." Because every time I hear of another couple divorcing, it makes me aware of just how blessed I am that my husband and I made a pact before marriage that divorce wasn't ever going to be an option. And I don't need to take that or him for granted. Don't get me wrong. My marriage isn't perfect. Whatever perfect means. But, I am blessed indeed.
Do you take things for granted? Want to join me in being more aware of it and NOT taking things, especially our spouse, for granted as much? Let's all remember how blessed we are.
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