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Guy Talk: Learning To Be A Husband, Not A Son

Not so long ago, my wife and I were talking to a recently-divorced friend of ours. She’s younger than we are, in her early thirties, and as far as she’s concerned, she’s never tying the knot again. Not because of an objection to the institution, but because she’s convinced that most men marry for one reason: they want to be taken care of emotionally.

“I got tired of thinking about someone else’s needs all the time,” our friend said. “I’m prepared to take care of a baby. But I don’t want my first-born to be my second child.” When she heard that, my wife turned to me and gave me a grin. She knows my history.

In three previous marriages and a handful of other long-term relationships (I haven’t been single for long since I was 16), I found myself—like so many men—taking on the parts of the “naughty boy” and the “helpless child.” Time and again, I turned wives and girlfriends into mother-figures, and the result was inevitably disastrous. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: On Being “That Young Guy With Cancer’s Wife”

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When I married Jason on August 7, 2010, the same day as his 29th birthday, we didn’t feel that marriage would change our relationship dramatically. After five years of dating, we were true partners-in-crime who had traveled the world together, raised two small dogs as though they were our children, and enjoyed daily debriefing sessions involving beers and work dramas we called “Power Hours.” Classifying us as genuine best friends would be an understatement. However, when Jason was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on April 2, 2011, our world and our relationship was flipped upside-down. Everything changed — and I don’t just mean the obvious cancer hurdle. Striving to feel like a normal newlywed couple was, and still is, the most difficult challenge. Keep reading »

Marriage Advice For Kim Kardashian: Everyone Is Dishing It Out

After nine months together, Kim Kardashian and basketball star Kris Humphries are tying the knot this weekend. Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner, has some advice for her wedding day. “Enjoy every moment and take mental snapshots and just try to remember everything because it goes by so fast,” she said. “You know it’s going to be over in the blink of an eye, and I just want her to remember every single second … The good news is we have a camera crew there to capture the whole thing in case she forgets anything.” Thank goodness? [CeleBuzz]

But Kris isn’t the only one unloading wedding—and furthermore marriage advice—on Kim. After the jump, many, many others weigh in, whether they know Kim or not. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Why I Got Married Young

When my boyfriend and I were 24, the topic of marriage began appearing before us everywhere. There, at our dinner-table, the word ‘marriage,’ as we sat talking. ‘Marriage,’ on my lips as we sat on the couch with a glass of wine. Everyone says “you just know” and I guess that is true, but there is also a lot of just “yeah, it does feel right.” Then falling—sure you’ll be caught by clouds. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m Divorced, Get Over It

This month marks the six-year anniversary of my divorce. A lot has changed since then. I’ve lived on my own (no parents, roommates, boyfriend, or husband). I dated again for the first time in a long time (how long? there was no internet the last time I dated). I changed jobs, got another degree, changed careers, moved across the country. Fell in love again.

I’m happy, extremely so. So why do people still act sorry for me when they hear I’m no longer married and the reason why? Keep reading »

Lauren Bush Lauren And Other Unfortunate Married Names

Lauren Bush, the model, designer and philanthropist niece of George W. Bush, is getting married. To David Lauren, the son of Ralph Lauren. And she is planning on taking her husband’s last name making her … Lauren Bush Lauren. Perhaps even Lauren Lauren, if someone decides to drop her now-middle name. “I think it will be Lauren Bush Lauren,” she told Harpers Bazaar. “I think it’s nice to have the same name as your husband. I am sort of old-fashioned in that way. Of all the people I could’ve met and fallen in love with, it’s just ironic that David would end up with someone named Lauren.” [NY Post, Daily Mail]

Strange things can happen when it comes to taking someone’s last name. After the jump, some unfortunate examples. Keep reading »

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