The Family News Take – The title of this article says that marriage in America has “evolved,” connoting it is more enlightened and advanced than it previously was. Whether you agree or think that today’s marriages are less enlightened and inferior to those of previous generations, marriage today is certainly different than it was even 30 years ago.
Research shows although the poor opt more regularly for a single-parent lifestyle, they value marriage no less than the wealthy. In fact, they value a successful marriage so much that they won’t marry for fear of failure. That was not the case very long ago.
Marriage was much less about finding a soul mate and much more about growing up. Somewhere along the way, we as a society changed, and as marriage has ceased to become “a signal to society that you’ve grown up.”
If marriage is not a real and important signal, then what is?
Via the Kansas City Star, by Anita Creamer — She wore a beautiful floral dress for the marriage. He wore his militar uniform, and after all this time, he still worries that it looked too rumpled to pass muster.
When they married at Fort Lewis, Wash., in July 1942, the future of the world was uncertain – but they were convinced their future meant building a life together. Seven decades later, it turns out they were right.
“We’ve had a great life,” said Herm Dorion, ninetyfour, who like his wife is a musician and retired educator. The couple lives at senior community in Carmichael, Calif.
“I wouldn’t have had another couple of live,” said Flo Dorion, ninetytwo. “We’ve had ups and downs, but we’ve been in love the whole time.”
While the Dorions have had a considerably long marriage, it’s not unusual these days for older couples to celebrate fifty or sixty years together. But in the future, marriages of similar duration will likely be rare.