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Entry 14

In 2001 our town hit a deep recession. The paper mills, fishing boats and factories cut jobs. People weren't spending money and gas continued to go up. Most of the men I went to high school with lost their jobs and were forced to move away. Some even fought for what they had left in bitter divorces. It was tough to see so many couples I had know since high school going their opposite ways because of money. I can clearly remember my wife and I sharing meals in with them in our home or waving a hello in the middle of a dance recietal. I could never imagine what went through their heads as the children cried and were moved away from one parent. Selfishness is the root of it. When you get married you make a promise to God and each other that no matter what my happen you will be together. What good is your word after that? How can someone trust you after that? My marriage wasn't perfect but we worked hard at it. It's not just about love.. it's about commitment, faith and trust. I didn't always come home to a clean house, a warm meal or sometimes to anyone at all. But I knew that she was trying her best and so was I. I trusted her in that and believed that we would always help each other out. We were a team.It wasn't just about my desires, dreams or time but how we worked together. It was about how we showed our appreciation to one another and didn't waver in that. It's so sad to see that in my county that 75% of marriages end in divorce. Don't we have examples in the family of how marriage should be? How can the children have success if they haven't seen it first hand? I pray for them daily as I know my wife would if she were here today and as if my daughter was going through the same thing. Midnight is shoving his cold nose into my hand. It's time for a walk. Then we will pick up some crabs and have some dinner. Another old man's insight goes from mind to pen to paper.

Entry 14 (2007-10-05) — Copyright ©2001-2017 Richard Shane Reinert.

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