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Foundations to Lasting Relationships for Baby-Boomers
As Baby-Boomers age, many have had experiences with lasting relationships. My friends have shared their experiences of the foundational components to their lasting relationships with me.
Part I – Casual Dating
My wife has a very even temperament which IMHO is the best quality brought to the marriage. (Michael – married 50+ yrs)
My husband is 10 years younger than I am and we have been married for 31 years. He is my third and last husband. We work together and are together almost 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Most people think we are in our 40’s instead of 65 and 75. We are very much in love… We have lost so many friends and family members through the years, yet have been brought closer and closer together. We also manage to laugh about something every day, are also best friends and totally honest and loyal to each other. We have a disagreement, yet at the time we have to simply agree to disagree and compromise yet always be true to our own selves…respects this. (Jeri – married 31 yrs)
See my essay on compatibility here.
There are many things of course that hold a relationship. Balance is key. Vision is key. Great communication is key… (Raven – 35 yrs)
I heard on the radio to only send 2 texts a day that stimulates your partner’s interest so he/she looks forward to seeing you. For example, “remind me to tell you what happened when I was at yoga class!” OR “let’s talk about this vacation idea I have!” (Cara – not in a relationship)
See my essay on communication here.
…take quality time together… (Irise – together for 27 yrs, married for 23… )
…our final years together were peaceful companionship years sharing music and quiet lunches out, shopping together… We spent hours and days together in our office while he converted literally over 5,000 LPs, 78’s, 8 track tapes, and cassette tapes onto CDs. He also converted every VHS movie onto DVD. Now that music is my inspiration as I write our memoirs. (Isabelle married 55 yrs)
See my essay on companionship here.
Part II – Serious Dating
No Gender Roles – varied and fluctuated based on family necessities.
Over the years many times, he kept house and children while I worked or I did while he worked. We had a few ups and downs but seven wonderful children helped cement the love we had for each other… No job was too low for either one of us. (Isabelle – 55 yrs)
Met my wife on her 18th birthday at University… We married 2 days after her last exam for her degree. We both had careers and we both had our own money. I started doing the dishes and laundry and she did the fixing things. Later she attended … University for graduate work. I was at home with 2 kids grades 2 and 5. This graduate degree allowed her to get a better job. We both retired at age 55 and have both money and time. Both kids are married and successful in their careers… (Michael – married 40+ yrs)
Part III – Committed Relationship
By the very fact that these are long-term, mostly greater than twenty-year relationships says that these partners have made a commitment.
Never giving up in the tough times and knowing that they will pass. (Irise – married 34 yrs)
See my essay on commitment here.
Part IV – Lasting Relationship
As I gaze at old pictures I discovered how he showed his love by having his arms around me in almost everyone no matter how many people were around and the happiness we shared with our family through both tears and laughter. (Isabelle – married 55 years)
See my essay on cherish here.
What is/has been your experience of a lasting relationship? Please share in the comments box below.
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