38 mpg! (Your actual mileage may vary.) Lifetime warranty! Money-back guarantee! An argument-free marriage!
Those are just a few of life's famous misconceptions. The problem is that Cathy and I said our vows actually believing the last one.
You see, we both grew up in healthy homes where our parents loved each other, loved their kids and loved God. Cathy may have heard her parents argue once. I never heard even that. Consequently, we entered marriage with the faulty belief that we we could have a life together without arguments.
Some of you are laughing at our naiveté. "Surely," you think, "you didn't really believe such a thing!"
Surely we did! We were so certain of our commitment that we quietly scoffed at the pastor (age of our parents) for whom Cathy worked during the summer of our wedding. He kept warning her that marriage isn't always easy. "Too bad he has a conflict-ridden marriage," we thought. "Because we won't."
That lasted a couple of months. Then, wham!
After that argument, Cathy gave me a rock to indicate the strength of our relationship. She wrote me a letter telling her side of a commitment that it would never happen again.
But it did.
And it kept happening. We're coming up on 37 years and still have conflict sometimes.
I'm sure glad we were taught about forgiveness.
What misconceptions did you have when you got married?