The blue recipe box in the photo below contains worn and tattered handwritten recipes for some of our favorites: my mom’s baked beans (with pickle juice and bacon), my sister’s pretzel jello (perfect for bunco), my great aunt’s crustless quiche (breakfast, lunch, or dinner), and my friend’s peanut butter cookies (to die for)!
Yesterday — St. Patrick’s Day — we celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. People often ask us the recipe for our success. A few of our best-loved ingredients include:
- Mutual respect
- Intentional kindness
- Active listening
- Quality individual time, balanced with quality together time
- Individual hobbies, balanced with mutual interests
- Laughter. Definitely laughter!
It’s been said:
Long-married couples look alike.
I don’t see any resemblance. Do you?
What’s your favorite relationship ingredient?
“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.” — Laurie Buchanan
© Laurie Buchanan 2014