Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Love and Marriage




From the newswire:

A Florida man wearing an "I [heart] My Marriage" t-shirt was arrested last night for allegedly choking his wife during an argument in their Tampa-area home. Bradley Gellert, a 32-year-old financial consultant, was busted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies and booked into jail on a felony domestic battery by strangulation charge.... The "I [heart] My Marriage" shirt was a promotional item tied to the 2008 movie "Fireproof," a Christian-themed film starring Kirk Cameron. The movie, a hit in evangelical circles, centers on a fireman's religious awakening and his simultaneous effort to save a failing marriage.

Book excerpt:

"...Marriage is the most difficult state in which to live with another person. It destroys the enigmas of the relationship between two people, it joins together that which perhaps should never have been joined, things are shared that perhaps should never be shared. Subtly, the partners begin to fall into silence because words lose their luster; that which once seemed like an original idea begins to feel like an idea that has been repeated a million times, dull, tiresome. Over the years, people stop really seeing each other; they no longer rub each other the wrong way, but neither do they provoke passion or fury, there is no reason to make peace. There are no more goodbyes at the door, or departures at dawn, or furtive kisses on the stairs, or dreamy nocturnal wonderings. From marriage forward, kisses become more familiar and less wet, and what comes after the nighttime is more of the same; mad, romantic, magical love comes to an end, and a routine of toilet paper and bills begins. You make love -- the horror! -- while thinking about the next day's shopping list because your husband doesn't eat this, and that other thing hurts his stomach..."

From Elizabeth Subercaseaux's novel, A Week in October

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