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Topic: WEATHER (07/19/18)
- TITLE: A Secret Treasure
By Linda Berg
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With that response, I settled down quietly on the sofa in the family room where he was sitting in his recliner and picked up a book I’d been trying to finish.
“That’s okay, if you’d rather not, I understand.”
He picked up the TV remote, “Don’t you think this marriage thingy you want me to do could cause all kinds of trouble? Besides, you’ll probably blame me for everything we find out is wrong with our marriage.”
I chuckled. “No, it’s not like that. I really think we may find we have grown quite compatible from the mere children we were when we married as typical “opposites attract” marriage partners. But, if you don’t want to do it, it’s okay.”
“Oh well, I guess I could give it a try.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah. You say you already took your test?”
“Yes. I did. If you want, I’ll get the laptop for you and get the website pulled up where the test is located.”
“Yes, I’d appreciate that.”
I left the living room and went to our office where the laptop was located. I plugged it in and waited for the web page to come up.
I had completed my assessment earlier in the day and was taken back with the thoroughness of the questions. This assessment was really designed for engaged couples but also had a feature where married couples could use it too. I chuckled a time or two when answering them as I remembered what my answer would have been as a bright eyed, lost in love, newly engaged young woman. My, how things had changed.
As the web page I wanted flashed bright on the desktop I picked up the laptop and returned to my husband.
“Here it is.”
“Thank you. So, what do I need to know? I hope these are just True or False questions.”
“Well, no, they are a variety. Sometimes you have a drop-down menu, sometimes it is a multiple choice, some of the questions expect you to answer in order of preference from 1 to 10 and so on. Some are groupings of things and you must choose which group most describes you and which group least describes you. It’s only supposed to take about 30 minutes. Fairly easy, really.”
“Okay. I think I’ve got it.”
I sat quietly reading while my husband, often with a sigh, or a grunt or a few choice words about the content of this “test”, as he put it, worked on the marriage assessment. He often looked up over his glasses pushed down far on his nose, so he could see over them to the screen, and glanced at me. Well, maybe it was more of a glare. I smiled sweetly each time he looked at me. It took him a little over two hours to complete.
“Glad that’s done”, he exclaimed. “When do we get our results?”
“I don’t think it will take too long. They are supposed to send us an email when the reports are ready and then we can print them and go over them. Thank you, dear, for participating.”
“Hmmm…. Yeah. Sure. Anything for you babe. Think I’ll head on into bed…it’s later than I thought.”
“I’ll join you in a couple of minutes.”
As I put breakfast on the table the next morning my husband entered the room.
“We’ve got that assessment report back already. I printed it out. I thought we’d look at it after breakfast.”
I hadn’t seen him laugh like that in months. We poured over our Marriage Assessment report for over an hour like a couple of kids finding one great treasure after another.
As we scoured over every question and read each of our responses it sparked a memory of some awful arguments, or a major conflict, or a HUGE mis-understanding in the early years of our marriage over things such as money, relatives, sex. Some of those things were difficult things, tough things, in the moment, impossible things.
But here we were 43 plus years from the day of our wedding and the findings on the assessment showed: compatibility, kindnesses, patience, compromise and contentment.
Yes, indeed. A great secret treasure had been found. Honoring our commitment those many years through today had brought us the treasure of a lifetime of love.
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