I recently asked my grandparents, June and Doug, a few questions about marriage. Here’s one snippet of wisdom from their 59 years together.
What is the recipe for a successful marriage?
Ma – Never go to sleep on an argument. Always settle the argument so as when you get up in the morning you’re fresh.
Pa – We were a team from 12 months before we married. We were building a house together and most of the time when I was working on the house on a Saturday, June was there looking after things, getting smoko’s and dinners organised. We were a team and we had a common goal in preparing our house. After we were married, when we first moved back from our honeymoon into our new home – it had no front door, it wasn’t lockable, it was on an ex-farm and there was no road down to the house and it was pretty primitive – we had all these adjustments that we had to make.
For two years we didn’t have a vehicle except for a motorbike so I used to transport June down to the station every morning before I went to work. I’d get home from work before her in the afternoons and do some washing and start peeling the spuds for dinner, and then I’d pick her up from the station. I was working at the Golden Circle factory and June was travelling into town to work as a milliner.
When the babies started coming we had to build cots together and make a home, and then our first baby Melitta was quite sick her first year so that drew us into that teamwork again. We built a strong relationship throughout our married life through lots of projects we’ve accomplished together.
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