I felt like I was pretty well versed in all things about relationships and life in general before we got married. After all, we dated forever, so I knew Eric pretty darn well. Still, marriage has been a total learning experience. Allow me to share a few life lessons from my 5 months, 1 week, and 3 days of marital bliss.
1. His clothes are bigger than mine. That’s right, ladies. While marrying a tall, strong, handsome man does have its perks, it also means he’s wearing clothes that are four times the size of mine. And that means the laundry basket is going to fill up four times as fast. We’re really cashing in the quarters from our coin jars.
2. 5 a.m. ain’t so bad. Well, yes, it feels horrible to wake up this early in the morning, but once I down a few cups of coffee, it’s wonderful to have an entire day ahead of me. We’ve been waking up this early for a few weeks now so that Eric can get off work while the sun is still up. Unfortunately, that means we’re up far before the sun, but it’s really transformed me into a bit of a morning person. That being said, I’ve never had to talk to anyone aside from Eric before 8 a.m., so I have no references to back this up. Still, waking up early is nice.
3. Matt Lauer is my new best friend. Due to these early mornings, I spend a lot of time with my friends, Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera. In case you’re wondering, the first hour of the Today Show is the most depressing. That’s when they get all the real news out. They spice up the next few hours with fun stuff like celebrity chefs and the occasional ambush makeover.
4. Almost anything I cook will be eaten with a smile. My dear husband has consumed a lot of experimental meals over the past few months. Sometimes they are really good. And sometimes they are really, really gross. A few entrées have been spit into napkins. But every meal ends with a smile and encouragement that I’m not such a bad cook. After all, if the main course is bad, more room for dessert, right?
5. I talk in my sleep. According to Eric, I woke him up in the middle of the night with the exclamation, “Well would you look at that?!”
6. A tall husband is a blessing. I am short. I cannot reach anything. Eric can reach all the stuff in the top of the closet. Although I found this skill useful while we were dating, it’s even more wonderful when we live in the same house. However, when Eric is at work, I must resort to climbing chairs.
7. Marriage knocks out your immune system. Before getting married, I never got sick. And despite downing orange juice each morning, along with a multi-vitamin (the gummy version, of course, as I seek joy wherever I can find it), I’m currently suffering through a cold that I believe I caught from my dear husband. But as they say, what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine, right? (But don’t worry; my wonderful husband is taking good care of me.)
8. Every day is more exciting when you share it with someone else. Really. Even the most mundane activities (washing dishes, doing laundry) are more fun with Eric around. It’s a good life, my friends.
And there you have it. Wisdom from a newlywed. Do with it what you wish.