..."The puritan ethic of marriage was to look not for a partner whom you do love passionately at this moment, but rather for one whom you can love steadily as your best friend for life, and then to proceed with God's help to do just that." J I PackerWe put that ethic of marriage to practice everyday, but especially today when Rob suggested we go to Panera Bread for lunch. He loves the food, but not the ambiance of a restaurant that caters to a younger generation and the gender he is not, i.e.-women of all ages. There were 11 women in line in front of us with that many more lining up behind us...yes it was a busy day here in central New York as we are enjoying clear blue sunny days and temps in the 40's...and no snow. Anyway, back to lunch. Rob loves the food..so he says. While I was waiting for my lowfat strawberry smoothie he was holding down a table while he watched a riot at the soda(pop for you midwesterners)machine because the Diet Pepsi was not working. Yes, he is a funny guy, one of the reasons I love him so much, he makes me laugh. I know he loves the macaroni and cheese, but I think he goes with me to Panera because he knows I like it. We have with God's help proceeded to love each other steadily for the past 26 years, looking out for the interests of each other...friends for life. So in honor of Rob's 'love' for Panera I am giving away a $20 Panera gift card. Leave a comment about this post or marriage or your favorite Panera food or favorite color and you will be entered to win. I will draw a random winner the end of this week. Give away sponsored by me. Panera has no idea who I am. Just wanted to give something away to some of my favorite people.
I often try to explain to friends who ask about my marriage with Rob. I know what I want to say but the words usually fall flat because when I say 'he is my bestfriend' it sounds so cliche'. I was thrilled to find the following quote in the book A Quest for Godliness.