Relationships, Love & Marriage:
Like lemmings in search of a cliff, we
humans are inexorably drawn to the promise of love and marriage.
And Grandma Ethel was no exception to this often disappointing
quest. (After all, half of all marriages today end in divorce.
And more ought to.) But contrary to expectations and experience,
Grandma succeeded in love. She found a good man. Unfortunately,
he died young, which did nothing to improve Grandma’s
outlook on life. But then she met another good man, my Grandpa
Louie, who had a heart of gold, an effervescent smile, and a
strikingly sunny disposition. He adored his Ethel, his step-daughter,
and his grandchildren, and was a champion cha-cha dancer besides.
Grandpa Louie was a locksmith, with strong
hands and a strong back. And while he never had even a cold,
Grandma couldn’t help but worry that he would be the first
to go. Grandpa Louie always said that it was the worrying that
did her in.
"Love is a fire. But whether it is
going to warm your hearth or burn down your house,
you can never tell."
—Joan Crawford (1906-1977)
"Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity
to suffer because of it that increases."
"The trouble with loving is that pets don’t last
long enough and people last too long."
"Love is ideal. Marriage is real. The confusion of the
two shall never go unpunished."
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
"If you want to read about love and marriage you’ve
got to buy two separate books."
"Love, n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage....
—Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)