Not only because he knows how to celebrate and to comfort, but also because, without him, no joy or sorrow would have meaning.
In our marriage, we feel the sense of calm my sister describes; we feel, too, the relief of swimming with the current, the joys of small things.
—Elissa Schappell, the author of the story collection Blueprints for Building Better Girls (Simon & Schuster). The meaning is something like "intended": the person who was meant for you.
We're not talking about a soul mate, though modern usage often spins it that way; the original meaning is more complicated.
We've lost six pregnancies and given birth to a son.
And in times of both euphoria and despair, there's no one I would rather have at my side than my husband.
We watch movies in holey sweaters and old socks, and when we fight, we don our Groucho glasses and get through it.
Yet for that we can be grateful: Sometimes a challenge can make it clear to us that we're meant to leave a partnership. But with the woman he ended up marrying, he suddenly knew all the right things to say. How did we lose touch with that desire to ask, ask, ask? Did we miss the part where Socrates, who supposedly said, "I know that I know nothing," developed an entire method of figuring out stuff based entirely on inquiry? ) And remember how good that felt—to find the world so fascinating that you had to learn, this second and in great detail, exactly how it worked? There are plenty of ways to spice up your relationship with your significant other, but some of the best memories are made when you both leave your comfort zones and try something completely new.There's something exciting about dates that are more adventurous than your average dinner destination, so we've created the ultimate dating bucket list with experiences that all couples should try having at least once in their lives.