The naive newlywed and the realities of marriage

My little sister got married last month. As she and her new husband drove off in a flurry of pink tulle and clanking cans, my aunt and I turned to each other with the same words on our lips: “They just have no idea.”

They have no idea what life is going to sling in their direction. They don’t know about the stress of a new job, crippling finances and a cross-country move. They don’t know about kids who come along with physical or emotional challenges. They can’t see the difficulty of merging two different parenting styles onto a single child.

They can’t foresee those early mornings when he’s at church meetings and she’s trying to put tights on her 2-year-old while the 4-year-old wipes chocolate on his church pants.

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