In 1998, at this very date and time, I was married to Harold Tracy Parish III (Tracy). Some might laugh at the date we selected to say our vows. After all, July 4 is a holiday celebrated in recognition of our country becoming an independent nation. We take time to think about the many freedoms we enjoy.
I don’t know about Tracy. But, I do not view our marriage as a loss of freedom or independence. We are united in most beliefs and ideologies. But, both of us remain free to think, decide, speak, act, and listen. I feel secure in the support we give one another as well as the space to make new friends, learn, pursue talents and careers, make mistakes and make successes.
It is frustrating at times when Tracy and I disagree. There are issues we battle that leaves one or both fuming. But, our unity is stronger than the temporary inner turmoil we find ourselves in. We agree to disagree. It is unrealistic to expect 100-percent agreement on how to solve each problem we meet.
Independent, but united is how I prefer to define our marriage. I am Kate; and — without a doubt — he is Tracy.
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Hope you enjoyed a wonderful 14th wedding anniversary and a very happy Independence Day! 🙂
Thank you for your loyal readership and God Bless you for all you do to help those serving our country.
Kate, Happy Anniversary!! My husband and I are were married on a holiday too – Feb 14th.
Bless you both!
Thanks Maria. A Valentine wedding would be so special. Hope you arr staying cool. It is very hot in Michigan.
Ohio is super-hot too. Tomorrow begins a cool-down! Yey!
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