Mother-in-law shares three valuable marriage tips with bride her wedding day

Lefty Graves

** This article is a work of nonfiction based on actual events shared with me by a friend who experienced them first hand; used with permission.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a wonderful mother-in-law; however, my friend’s mother-in-law was a wonderful lady. Unfortunately, on my friend’s wedding day, her mother-in-law pulled her aside shortly before the wedding ceremony. My friend was pretty nervous, and when this woman motioned for her to speak to her, she was afraid that the mother-in-law would tell her something horrible about her husband to be, or worse, that she wasn’t good enough for her son.

However, instead of being ornery, her soon-to-be mother-in-law gave her three tips about marriage and told her that if she followed these three important tips, they would always be happily married. Her mother-in-law then handed my friend a handmade plaque that read:

  • 1. You can be right, or you can be happy
  • 2. You only have to get along 25% of the time
  • 3. Equality isn’t always a 50/50 split.

My friend pondered these words for a few moments before the wedding ceremony, and then she gently sat the plaque down as she walked down the aisle to get married. The wedding ceremony went off without a hitch, and the new couple was blissfully happy.

After a short honeymoon, my friend and her husband set up housekeeping in a small house nearby. My friend and her husband placed the plaque in a prominent place on their wall and have stuck by what it says ever since. It must work because they’ve been married for over 60 years now. What do you think? Are these wise tips to follow for newlyweds? Do they work?

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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming & more. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington state.

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