I am currently reading Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One.
The movie comes out this Friday and it looks like I'm actually going to finish this one before I see the movie. For anyone wondering, it didn't happen with The Hunger Games, but as soon as I saw the completely and totally awesome movie, I ran out and purchased the book. I have one book ahead of it and then I can dive into that one.
Back to the point of this post. The Lucky One got me thinking about love. I've read the books and seen the movies. So, I thought I would talk to an actual couple. The couple I decided to speak with was my parents. They have been married 43 years and are still going strong. Below are the questions I asked along with their ADORABLE responses.
1. How long have you been married?
Mom: We have been married for 43 years.
Dad: 43 years (Glad they both said the same thing) :)
2. How did you know the person you married was the one?
Mom: First time I met him. (Yeah, I know I didn't ask when, but her answer was so sweet, it didn't matter)
Dad: I don't know (Man of few words. Hey, I'm not complaining. At least he answered the questions)
3. Do you believe you are soulmates?
Dad: Yes (How heartwarming is it that after 43 years, they still believe in soulmates!)
4. What's the hardest part of being married?
Mom: The hardest part about being married is learning about each other's faults and trying to get along and work through the problems that might occur especially the first 7 years of marriage.
5. What about this person makes you want to stick it out, even when times get tough?
Mom: What makes me want to stick it out when things gets tough is watching so many good marriages come to an end. Marriage is such a fragile institution. It makes you want to work harder to make your marriage special.
Dad: I love her (If that doesn't make you smile, nothing will)
6. What's the best part of being married?
Mom: The best part of being married is finishing each others thoughts and sentences. When you realize that you truly have become one.
Dad: making each other happy
7. What advice would you give to newlyweds?
Mom: Never go to bed mad at each other.
Dad: If you love each other, you can get thru anything. (Yes, they both gave me this advice as a newlywed)
8. Did anyone give you advice when you were a newlywed?
Mom: My mother told me to never go to bed mad at each other.
Dad: true love never runs smooth
9. What makes your marriage different? Why have so many marriages crumbled around you, but yours is still going strong? What's your secret?
Mom: We listened to the advice given us. We never went to bed mad at each other. We would always work it out in prayer and thought.
Dad: We love each other and we can't stand being apart.
What did I learn from this fun project? My dad is a romantic.
If you know him, you must be as shocked as I am.
Eat your heart out Nicholas Sparks!