This is part four, the final part, of a mini interview series the team at PREPARE/ENRICH conducted during the month of May to celebrate anniversaries with couples like you.
As we approach the month of June, wedding season is upon us. With weddings come anniversaries – many, many anniversaries. Relationships are our priority here at P/E and we wanted to highlight the lives of some of our couples as they reach milestones in their relationships. We have found that couples at all stages in their relationships have unique stories and great advice that we believe every couple could benefit from indulging in. Take a few minutes out of your day to share in the laughs, well-rounded advice, and insights from our P/E family.
1. How long have you been married?
Karen/Gene: 50 years
2. What was it about each other that merited a second date?
Karen: I enjoyed his company.
Gene: I wanted to get to know Karen better.
3. What was your pre-marital counseling experience?
Karen/Gene: We didn’t have any pre-marital counseling.
4.What role has commitment played in your relationship?
Karen/Gene: Commitment is everything! If you don’t have that, you don’t have anything. You have to have commitment.
5. How do you keep the spark alive?
Karen: We look for new adventures to do together.
Gene: We try doing new things with each other.
6. What is the best part about marriage?
Karen/Gene: We love having someone to share everything with, the highs and the lows. We help each other get through things.
7. How have you navigated personality differences?
Karen/Gene: We do a lot of compromising. We have learned to accept each other for who they are. Over time we found that each other’s personalities became “the norm,” which made it easier to understand and live with each other.
8. What is your advice for handling conflict?
Karen: I have learned to think through the conflict before starting to talk about it.
Gene: Think before you talk
10. If you could go back and tell your engaged self, something about marriage what would it be?
Karen/Gene: Persevere, don’t give up, make it work, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Always look for the bright side. Take advantage of pre-marriage education so you can know so much more about the person – fifty years ago that was non-existent.