I drafted this in October or November of 2015, and am just coming back to it. While a lot of adjustment has been made, it's all still true. :-)
I remember (not that long ago, really, at ALL), thinking oh.so.clearly: "Contentious wife? How could I possibly ever be contentious toward the man that I love?!"
Not to mention, "C'mon, y'all, if you love the guy, how hard can it really be to do him good and not evil all the days of your life?"
These things -- no joke -- seemed quite simple to me.
(Minor side note: I was not a wife yet.)
So, Very. Wrong.
After a mere six and a half weeks of living with this beautiful gift God created just for me, it was clear that if there was one thing I've learned, it's that I have not one single clue about anything. At all.
- What is laundry.
- What is a meal.
- How do I park.
- Did I frown wrong? I'm not mad! Is your whole day ruined?
- Did I react wrong? I don't think you're mad! My whole day is ruined.
I know how to do laundry.
I think I know how to do laundry.
I used to know how to do laundry.
Why am I even trying to do the laundry?
I'm just gonna go....oops. I no longer have an apartment to go back to for a second. I'm sorry, precious introvert of a husband. :-( I can't really give you any breathing room right now. It makes 100% sense to me that you need alone time to rejuvenate, but as an extrovert, I may or may not have my own tendencies to need some alone time, too.
Bottom line: No one ever said it was easy.
Adam and Eve had their issues. Right?
When our friends and family smiled and patted us on the back and wished us well and said, "It's work, but you're in love," we had NO IDEA. Did we? We did not.
It, indeed, is work.
It is roommate-hood, plus love. Which means we're invested a little more (thanks, county judge), and we're accountable to all the people we could afford to invite (thanks, limited budget), and we're even accountable to all the people who know through social media that we're married (sorry for my Facebook over-friending issues, sweet pea).
Those of you who are long married are dying laughing at me, I know. And you should be! One day I will be in your spot, and perhaps doing the same. Or maybe reaching out and saying, "You're not alone. It happens. This is pretty normal. Nothing prepares you for the roommate you love."
Fortunately for us, we have had parents and friends and relatives who have said that to us very recently, and it helps. A lot.
'Cause here's the thing: the worst ever is thinking you have it figured out, then realizing you don't, then having no one who gets it.
And the best ever, in any situation, is having someone who gets it -- whether you fully do or not.
So marriage? Maybe I will never fully grasp what it means (much to Michael's dismay), or maybe we'll both keep trying, and we'll one day breathe in and out while embracing this beautiful, hard work we've been tasked to do.
Either way, I hope we can keep laughing -- whether that's at ourselves, a silly video, or the cute puppy who entertains us.