Marriage Monday: More than a Fairy Tale

by Andrea Cooley

the-bacheloretteConfession: I watch the Bachelorette and will be watching the finale tonight with some girlfriends to see if Desiree has a happy ending to her fairy tale. (I'm convinced Brooks is going to come back and sweep her off her feet. Does anyone else have a prediction?)

I never thought I would get sucked into tuning into a silly reality TV show week after week, but there's something about watching people fall in love and the drama that surrounds it that I can't resist! The fact that millions of other women feel the same way makes me feel a little better about myself. I also tell myself that half the reason I watch the show is to see the exotic places they visit every week.

Even though I know the relationships rarely last and some of the drama is probably manufactured, it's hard not to get caught up in the notion every girl's dream to find her prince charming and have a fairy tale love story?

There's nothing wrong with getting lost in a good love story, but it's easy to start comparing real life to fairy tales and if you've been married for more than a week, you know as well as I do that love and marriage don't look like they do in the movies.

A friend posted this article: When You Think Your Love Story Is Boring, on Facebook this week, and it's a great reminder of all the little things that make real life love stories so much better than the movies.

Real life love runs to the drugstore in the middle of the night for gatorade and 7up when you're sick. It lets you stay in bed an extra 20 minutes while he plays with the baby before dawn. It drives 3 hours to a meeting and turns around to drive home in the same day so you don't have to wake up to an empty side of the bed.

I could go on and on, listing the every day things that make my and Adam's marriage 100 times better than any reality show. Even if he's never run through an airport for me. How is your marriage a real life love story?

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