Can you hear the lyrics?:
“Imagine me and you, I do
I think about you day and night, it’s only right
To think about the girl you love and hold her tight
So happy together …

 “I can’t see me lovin’ nobody but you
For all my life
When you’re with me, baby the skies’ll be blue
For all my life”

If so, you may be of my vintage, and I experience the growing gap between myself and those who get such references. These are the burdens of middle age. If I’m slightly off-topic and I haven’t really started, can I say “but there I digress?”

My point for today is about being happy together.

Sometimes the activity is less important that just enjoying the company of someone you love. The skies were blue and it was a gorgeous Saturday. My beautiful and adventurous wife, Paula, was ready to give snowboarding a second attempt. Andrew, our ten year-old, liked the concept of snowboarding with us, but quickly realized the experience was not going to be quite so fulfilling.

I could have gone off on my own, too, and found more challenge in the activity, but often it is being with a buddy that is more important than the optimal version of the undertaking. It just so happens, I’m fortunate to be married to my best pal, so I get marital brownie points as a bonus for hanging out.

Sure my pace on the slopes (if you can call our local bunny hill a slope) was reduced, but there were a lot of laughs and the fun of playing with Paula as she was learning a new sport.

I recall a staff training from over 20 years ago (less than half the time since the Turtles’ release of “Happy Together”) where one of the leaders talked about the idea of going out to the movies with his wife. He said he could fight for the film he most wanted to see or “be a winner” and go along with what his wife wanted to see. The core idea, I believe, is that putting priority on the relationship pays off.

Wishing you good times of being happy together. Have a story? Please share below.

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