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For Better, For Worse: Sober Thoughts on Passionate Promises

Burtchaell, James Tunstead | Paulist, 1985


p. 5, 8-9

“Bad times are often good times in retrospect.” They generate “humor and patience and tolerance and sobriety which long marriages require.” (P. 8) “Children make parents grow up a lot more than parents make children grow up.” (P. 9) “You are to be with your spouse through life. Your child is going to walk away from you. In one respect it requires more generosity to dedicate yourself to someone who will eventually leave you. . . . Children seem to get adequately thankful just about the time when their parents die.”