Being an inwardly-reasoning only-child, I usually have an answer that fits my logic. But sometimes what I see as obvious is not so clear to her. And then she asks the most irritating question of all: “Why would you think that?”
The wheres and whys of love and marriage are more than academic questions. They sometimes create more heat than light in both the questioner and the questioned. Carole often throws up her hands and asks, “Am I my husband’s keeper?” And sometimes I feel like she’s questioning my intelligence.
Of course, my questions don’t mean that I hold her responsible for everything I can’t find. And her questions to me are mostly for information – even though my answers sometimes don’t make sense to her. Honestly, after I get her input, my logic sometimes isn’t as good as it seemed.
I mention these matters on Valentine’s Day to remind us that: “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
When I ask, “Where?” and she asks, “Why?” I’m especially glad that love IS patient!
John P. Carter’s “Notes From the Journey” is a regular feature of Viewpoints.