Do you think that your marriage could survive if you had to spend 24/7 with your spouse? I think in some cases, being together that much could result in the implementation of the "till death do us part" clause in the marriage vows.
I heard recently that the divorce rate of married business owners (ones the own a business together and both work there) is 82%! That's high... I wonder why that is? My poor parents survived the odds, but that's because they threatened each other with the line of "Whoever files for divorce first gets the business!" Must have worked because their marriage outlasted the ownership of their business (25 long yeas). The irony of the situation is that they are still together 24/7 in retirement.
My husband and I cohabitate all day together, every day in our house. No, we don't work together, but we both work from home. When we first started working from home together, we lived in a much smaller 2-bedroom townhouse and almost killed each other. Since then, we have adapted and gotten a much larger house with more separation of offices, but he still annoys me when he pops into my office to talk about nothing when I'm trying to focus on work.
Sometimes when he starts talking about work or cars or other jibber-jabber nonsense, I tell him that I'm not listening, but he still keeps talking. It works out because he can get whatever he wants off his chest, and I can ignore him and focus on what I need to get done. There are days, however, when he drives me completely insane, and I'm sure there are days when I do that to him (but how many times could that happen? I'm just so likable...and I NEVER nag... *wink*)
Be honest, would you really want to spend 24/7 with your spouse? Do you ever wonder how you will fare if your marriage makes it all the way until retirement, and you're forced to be together all day, every day? Maybe retirement works differently because by then you'll have lost 50% of your hearing, and you can just turn off your hearing aid and pretend like you didn't hear anything your spouse said. And by then you'll have said goodbye to mobility and dexterity thus enabling you to get off the hook for household chores (the source of much nagging and dissension). I'm sure Mark and I will survive retirement, as long as we can survive our current 24/7 existence and as long as he is still non-arthritic enough at that point to take my fish off for me!
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!