I've always been reminded of the wisdom contained therein. It is faded and yellowed after 26 years. I took it out to photograph it for this post and lo-and-behold there are three exact copies on parchment paper behind the original. One for each of my children. What a pleasant surprise ready to gift to my children upon their marriages (or grandchildren - who knows).
Recipe for a Happy Marriage
1 C. of consideration 1 generous dash of cooperation
1 C. of courtesy 3 t. of pure extract "I am sorry"
2 C. of flattery carefully concealed 1 C. of contentment
1 gallon of faith in God 1 C. each of confidence and encouragement
and each other 1 large or several small hobbies
2 C. full of praise 2 children at least
1 small pinch of in-laws 1 C. blindness to each other's faults
1 reasonable budget
Flavor with frequent portions of recreation and a dash of happy memories. Stir well and remove any specks of jealously, temper or criticism. Sweeten well with generous portions of love and keep warm with a steady flame of devotion. Never serve with a cold shoulder or hot tongue.
I do believe that love and appreciation for what we receive is a bond that is renewed over the breaking of bread. The joy of cooking, the pleasure of eating, the comfort of a good marriage.
This is more than a dish like spinach (something you eat it because it is good for you). It is soul food.
Update 4/22/09: Yesterday I hosted a luncheon for old friends who grew up with me in Oklahoma. Around the table were friends who were there when I was married and first raising a family. At my right hand sat my sorority big sister who had given me this recipe in her own calligraphy. My mother made copies and gave it for years at showers as my big sister had done. Just as enriching as a good marriage, now that I celebrate my 29th anniversary this month, is the wealth of wonderful friends. At my right sat this angel, this dear old friend, whom I had not seen in... 20 years? I'll send her this post, which has since become one of my top posts over time. Every day I must have 10 blog readers coming to my MotherPie site just for this recipe. She has no idea the little seed she planted. Here's to you, Lynn G. God bless you.