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3 Rules of Marriage

October 1, 2012 by  
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I am not sure what I enjoyed the most out of my brother’s wedding  last weekend…quality time with my husband and kids, great memories with my  whole family, or the “3 Rules of Marriage” Wedding Ceremony.  Oh,  who am I kidding… the Wedding  Ceremony. The Irish Catholic Priest had a great Maine accent and a  surprising comedic humor. It started out familiarly with Readings, Prayers, and  my brother and his wife kneeling, kneeling, and kneeling some more.

Then the Priest spoke about his 3 Rules of Marriage, and this is  where the good stuff began.

1- Forgive your spouse.

“If your spouse is truly sorry for something, and asks for  forgiveness, then they shall be forgiven by you.”

Simple Enough.

2- Don’t go into your Marriage thinking it is 50/50.

“Don’t go into it thinking everything is ‘supposed’ to be equal. Then you start keeping  tabs..I did this, they didn’t do that… and you both get angry and you should  be giving, not keeping score.”

Simple Enough.

3- Don’t air your dirty laundry in public. (my favorite)

My husband starts elbowing me on this one. I can’t imagine  why? Well, honey, I am truly sorry for every time I made a joke about  something you did to all my friends, so I shall be forgiven,  right?  The Priest continues, “For example, now I don’t know  if the groom ever takes a drink”  (the whole congregation on both sides  starts laughing aloud, we had a keg at the rehearsal) “but if he  does, say they are at a paatty (party), and it is really late in  the night, and he decides to put a lamp shade on his head.

We all know he would look like a jerk. But his wife has to smile  and claim that he looks like a cute jerk…..or a funny jerk……or even a sexy jerk. Then when they get home, she  can chew him out. But not at the paatty….” Then my husband whispers, “You  think he has been married?” I responded, “No, it’s all the marriage counseling  he has done!”  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house, and as my  husband and I were holding hands and I had my head on his shoulder, it was a nice reminder of 3 things  we needed to remember.  So best wishes to my brother and his new wife,  and all the couples that were there who took something meaningful away from  their ceremony….
Grant is a  stay-at-home mom and lives in Georgia with her husband, two children, and dog,  Goldie. She was baptized on her thirtieth birthday in the United Methodist  church. She self-published her first children’s book, Haven’s Heaven, November  2010. She also published a children’s coloring book in 2011.    You may find more of Grant’s work here:  and the book website is

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