Wow. It’s hard to believe that an entire year of blogging is almost complete! This is week 50. Just 2 more to go.
Now, since this is a writing blog for romance writers ( mainly) you might think that my biggest accomplishment is something…literary. Maybe it’s the fact that I got a publishing contract for my first book at the age of 55. Or that I’ve won several awards for my books. It might even be that I’ve been lucky enough to get 10 books published in 3 years – and none of them were indie/self pubbed. While all those accomplishments were ones I’ve, well, accomplished, none of them are what I consider my biggest and best accomplishment to date.
The answer may surprise you, but my biggest accomplishment is my marriage and the fact that it has survived 30 years.
I’ve written extensively about how I was raised in a contentious, divorced family. Both parents remarried, but they continued to be bitter about the other and take it out on me – whether intentionally or not — until I reached maturity and cut off contact with them. My mother’s second marriage was no better than her first, the only difference was I was older and a witness to the emotional abuse it wrought. With this as my example, I truly felt marriage was the worst thing in the world and I was never going to do it.
Then I met my man.
He was raised in the diametrically opposite family life that I was. Two parents, a shared religion and commitment to one another and their children, financially stable, and educated to my 4 parents, sporadic religious practice, labile commitment and a working class poverty. The phrase one paycheck away from financial ruin was the theme of my childhood.
I didn’t believe in marriage because I’d been shown how horrible it was. My man believed in it because he’d been shown how wonderful it was. Once I met his parents, I had to agree. My previous thoughts that all marriages are horrible flew right out the window.
Now, I’m not an easy person to live with at times, and can be moody, isolationalist, and cutting if provoked. I knew living with me would be no picnic. But we endured. Somehow, by the grace of God, we endured. And I truly learned what it meant to love someone else so much that you’d do anything for them to make them happy.
I think some people regard the word commitment conditionally. They will commit and pledge to another, but the first time adversity or hardship comes through the door, that commitment gets broken. In our house, commitment is the end all be all. It’s for life. Whether we sink or swim, are successful or not, we made a vow to one another to see it through. Marriage vows are written for a reason. That phrase in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, through good times and bad MEANS something. I tend to think many people these days don’t get that.
Anyway, December 26th I will be married 30 years, Here’s looking forward to the next 30!
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12 responses to “My biggest Accomplishment”
That’s wonderful, Peggy! I agree, marriage isn’t easy. Happy early anniversary!
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Thanks, Maureen! No it isn’t but a good one is worth the effort, right?
A very touching post and a lovely tribute to your husband and to his parents. Even though I am divorced, I do agree with you about commitment. I admire people who stick together and are willing to do the hard work to see it through. Happy Anniversary next week!
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Sherry – thank you for your kind words. Looking back on the situation as an adult I think it was a good thing my parents divorced. If not, one of them would have probably wound up in jail for murder! Everything happens for a reason, right?
Uplifting post! Happy early anniversary, Peggy 🙂
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Sherry – thank you for your kind words. Looking back on the situation as an adult I think it was a good thing my parents divorced. If not, one of them would have probably wound up in jail for murder! Everything happens for
a reason, right?
Happy anniversary! We just celebrated our 35th this year, and I totally agree with you about the importance of commitment.
This is a great paean to the meaning of marriage. Thanks for sharing, Peggy!
Happy early anniversary! Funnily enough, I was born into a family similar to what your hubby was, but ended up in a challenging marriage. Still, my stubbornness to adhere to the vows and work through our issues had lead to a 26.5 year marriage……though I often wonder WHY I didn’t walk out years ago, lol! But, the importance of commitment was drilled into me, and I love the example my parents set.
Kudos to you for breaking the cycle!
Love to two of the best of the best ❤️❤️
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Marriage is definitely a commitment and seems to be taken lightly these days. Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary!