I recently celebrated 15 years of marriage to Chicken Man. 15 years! That means that we celebrated our Crystal Wedding Anniversary. How apt to look back and reflect on just how opaque and fragile marriage is.
At our wedding 15 years ago, our guests were taking bets as to how long our marriage would last. I kid you not! Yes, them of little faith saw the vast differences in us and assumed that the marriage was destined to end in shattered glass.
It hasn’t though. Why you may ask? Ummm... not really sure but sometimes differences can be beneficial in a marriage:
He is crap at braaing (barbequing)
I love to eat meat that is not cremated or raw hence have become an expert braaier.
He loves making salads
I do not like fussing with leaves so whilst I braai – he makes salads.
He is a pushover with the Alien
I stick to my guns and instil the discipline a teenager requires
He feels guilty for doing minimal chores all week long so becomes enthusiastic about the most mundane of household tasks over the weekend.
Because I do it all week long – housework is not a priority over the weekend
He stresses about EVERYTHING
I’m a “every cloud has a silver lining” type of person.
He is thin
I am not
He does garbage
I do not
He will pick up dog poop
I will not
He can rid the house of snakes, birds, geckos and cockroaches
I do not do wildlife indoors.
He is a technophobe
I love computers and technology and even know how to backwash the pool, change a lightbulb and fix the toilet
He loves “slit your throat” country music with a smattering of Pavarotti for light relief
I love jivvy 80’s music
He drives like a Grandpa
I drive like Michael Schumacher
He thinks our dog is the queen of the household
I know that our cats rule the roost
He can’t tell the difference between a weed and a rare orchid
I can identify alien invasive species and everything I plant seems to grow.
He is a hoarder
I get rid of anything and everything when no one is looking
He compares price per Kg and knows what stores have what on special hence does all the shopping
I know where my nearest Woolworths is when we run out of necessities and luxuries
He wakes up at 4:00am because he goes to bed when the sun goes down.
I go to bed whenever so wake up as late as possible
He talks the hind leg off a donkey incessantly. He needs to share EVERYTHING in detail
I talk when I have something to say. I’ll tell you what you need to know, okay.
He takes long baths
I shower in 2 minutes flat
He watches crime and reality channels
I watch cooking and series channels
He likes hanging the washing on the line and taking it off
I like feeding the washing machine – I keep forgetting the washing on the line.
I have never seen him drink a cup of coffee or tea nor eat a sweet, chocolate or cake.
I survive on copious cups of coffee and enjoy the odd piece of milk tart or fudge.
He is dark – I am fair...and so the differences go on.
But we are still together after 15 years of marriage. I reckon those folk speculating at our wedding all lost oodles of money if they honoured their bets. Marriage is a gamble and the odds are against couples these days considering the statistics are that almost every 2 marriages end in divorce
So how have Chicken Man and I made it for so long? Friendship. Above all else, Chicken Man is my best friend. I look forward to his return from work every afternoon and love spending time with him (when he is not irritating me, off course)
Sure, we are not the couple depicted in fairytales but we make our lives together work.
One thing we have in common is that we share the same star sign. So as we 2 mountain goats (Capricorns) scramble over the rocky slopes of life, I know that we will eventually reach the summit. And when we do, we will be side by side. There will be no winner as we are not in a contest. We are partners and will hopefully be so “until death us do part”