I'm coming up to the 23rd year of marriage. Each year it seems to be getting harder to keep the marriage going. I don't know if it is to do with getting older or what. We have two lovely children aged 20 and 17. DH has a 85 year old mum who still thinks no woman is ever good enough for her son. And there's a SIL who is goody-goody two shoes and I feel DH benchmarks me against her. I don't have my family here - they live 10,000 mile away. It does feel lonely sometimes. Anyone who's still in a long marriage has any tips for me?
Well I have just passed my 16th anniversary and been living together for 18 years and I feel your pain. We are still together by some small miracle!
I often wonder (I may take a beating for this) if marriages stayed together for life in previous generations out of necessity (on the womans part). Damned if you do and damned if you dont. The lesser of two evils really.
20 years married 24 together. It is tricky sometimes, but found that if we give each other space to do what we want it's fine, actually both of us have got much easier going over the years. always have a glass of wine/cup of tea in the evening & a giggle watching Eastenders together.
I'd really like to think there is such a thing. In the early-ish years myself, 6 yrs married, 15 yrs together, but genuinely feel it gets better as time goes by. We both had grandparents with loooooooooooong happy marriages and admire that kinda thing.
It's very comforting to hear from all of you; that it is possible to have a long marriage. Sometimes things happen but there's no one I can talk to. Can't talk to children because I don't want to put them in a awkward position, can't talk to mother because she's so far away. Most of my friends are DH's friends so that wont be ok. But worst of all, DH doesn't do "talk". Sometimes I wonder how we managed to stay married for 23 years.
Did you read India Knight in the Times yesterday? her article was all about how 'falling out of love' has overtaken 'adultery' as the number one reason to divorce.
She says that long marriages are boring/comfortable/lack excitement and that it's not a bad thing.
I agree with her - I don't think being boring is bad - dh and I are pretty boring, we like our jobs, we don't want to fuck anyone else, we don't expect each other to make life exciting for us as we think we need to do it ourselves.
Stormfromeast personally I think if the kids are 'off the payroll' as such, you don't have to put up with a deal that overall makes you feel bad about yourself. I've not been married that long myself so I can't speak from experience exactly but some of the things I do to keep myself on an even keel in what imo, is a pretty difficult arrangement sometimes (ie the whole long-term, monogamy thing) are: - have my own social life, friends and hobbies - have my own room/bed for times when I want space, want to be on my own, want to keep my own stuff in etc - have a fair deal in terms of time with kids/time to myself/housework etc - have a relationship of equals, ie what each of us puts into the setup is valued equally
Obviously people who consider themselves soulmates will have an easier time with the long-term thing but in reality, I don't know how many couples are like that. You don't sound totally happy with things and it sounds like you could make some changes to your life, by talking to your dh about what's bothering you, and if that doesn't work, maybe considering doing your own thing. Don't feel you have to settle for a relationship that has more negative than positive.
We have been married for 16 years and have had our ups and downs, like everyone does. I must admit there have been times when single life seems appealing, but on the whole we have a very happy marriage.
I went to an evening wedding reception on saturday with a few divorced friends, who all seemed desperate to find a man. I went home to dh and said I really do appreciate what we have got.
26 years for me... we sometimes watch Eastenders together but he ruins it for me by making stupid comments all the way through, I tell him not to watch it if he doesn't like it but he doesn't listen. I think that's the worst thing now is I still think he just doesn't listen to me Often wish I had the courage to just be on my own for a bit. Having my own room and bed sounds like a good idea though...
Ruby - not listening is true but I think it's more about selective listening. He'll listen to his sister for example. And it could be on the same subject like ideas for our daughter's birthday. I felt like shouting to them that she is MY daughter and that my SIL should butt off. It's things like these that get me annoyed. Perhaps I am just too petty : (
No it's not petty Storm, it's all part of the same thing... selective listening and selective memory I find, he never remembers the times he's behaved badly, lost his temper, sworn at the kids, ruined days out/holidays etc
Lady - i quite agree that he can talk to his sister about our daughter. The problem is he will go on about how great my SIL idea is, and will go ahead with it. It's the benchmarking of me against SIL that bugs me
I've been married 28 years and the last few have been dire. In our case I "woke up" a few years ago to a lot of DH's faults and now I'm not prepared to just put up with them. Everything he does ATM gets on my nerves.
My parents were married for 35 years before my dad died. Actually they'd been getting really snippy with each other in the last few years.
My grandparents were married for over 50 years and were very close up to the end.
Just read your earlier post again. The selective listening/ memory is very familiar. He shouted at me the other week that I didn't do the washing, the machine does.. He didn't remember the argument at all when I tackled him about it later. He drops his dirty jeans on top of other people's clean clothes every night. Every day I tell him not to and he just keeps on. He's clearly trying to make a point.