In the past year, I have had this news five times, and not one of them was a marriage that anyone could see was in serious trouble. OK, one of them had been grumbling along for a long time, but it seemed like it would go on like that for ever.
Is it a sign of the times we are living in now? Is it a symptom of the financial crisis? Is it that people are realising how short life is, and that they don't want to live in miserable relationships? Do modern couples lack staying power, as the FH seems to think?
In a light-hearted way to conclude this post, these are the FH's top tips for making this marriage of ours last with my notes in brackets:
- Love your wife and make sure she is your best friend. [Works both ways!]
- The woman is always right....
- If she changes her mind, go along with it!
- Don't complain about the state of the house - she will soon find you a list of things you could do to help.
- Let her control the money and ask for pocket money regularly. [Only do that if she is good with money! Insist on regular reports on the financial health of the family - he gets a weekly update.]
- Pull together in the same direction - share common life goals and outlooks. [I wouldn't have got on with a spendthrift!]
- Present a united front to the kids - and communicate often about the kids.