Wednesday, February 11, 2009

first comes love

tonight we went out to celebrate the rapidly impending nuptials of jen and one mr. tippetts, a modern-day miracle, as true love always is. it is also enough to convince even my most cynical, pessimistic, despairing self that with faith and patience (and usually a lot of them), sometimes you get just exactly what you always wanted. and praise and hallelujah for that.

(also tonight i figured out how to change the font size in my posts. see? so, it was a pretty big day all around. but, back to eternal marriage.)

another great thing about jen's upcoming wedded bliss is that it gave me a chance to give her this book.

i found it a few months ago at d.i., for which jen and i have a mutual and fervent love and, even though i didn't have anyone to give it to at the time, i think it's a pretty good rule of thumb that you should never pass up books for $1.50. especially not ones from the 1970s, complete with an inscription from the author (best wishes from rex a. skidmore!) and pages of priceless marital advice.

a small sampling.

"husband and wife should face the fact that an automobile costs much more than most people realize. this means that a couple may want to get along without a car for awhile. it has been estimated that it costs a minimum of $500 to $600 a year to own and operate a low-priced car, driving no more than 10,000 miles per year." (anyone out there good at adjusting things for inflation?)

"learning to adjust physically takes time just as adjustment in other areas takes time... many couples take months, even years, to adjust adequately to each other. others never get along very well in this regard..." (that's what she said?)

"it is important, then, for couples to recognize that getting married does not automatically eliminate all relatives and in-laws." (hard to argue with that.)

and i could go on. but i shan't. instead i shall just say mon congrats to the happy couple. rex a. skidmore and i wish you all the best.

1 comment:

Anna said...

So about a month ago, I gave my newly engaged friend Emily a book on bridal etiquette from the 1950's that I also got at DI. So much fun. Especially the part where it listed what one should expect to spend on different styles of weddings (a very formal wedding could cost up to $250).

Love it.