Monday, June 11, 2007

On Relationships...

A wise woman I once talked to gave me a very insightful overview of relationships... Maybe it's too simple.. maybe she has it all wrong... but I thought it was good...

The Bloom Stage: This is the period of the relationship where everything is new.  Also known as the 'Honeymoon Period', it is where you start out optimistic.. open to everything.. butterflies are common.. and you start to find out a little of who the other person is.  This time usually lasts any where from a few weeks to a few months but no longer than a year.

The Rock n' Roll Stage:  This is where most relationships usually end.  You really get to know the person.  You either know they are the one or you don't.  The periods of good and bad times can last much longer than most think.  It is your willingness to stick it out that makes or breaks your love.  Usually the question that defines this period is... Is it worth it?  Hopefully by now the answer is yes.  This period lasts anywhere from 5 to 15 years. 

Fine Wine Stage: The last stage is where everything is clicking.  You know the other person inside and out.  They make you happy, sad and content.  You have experienced the entire range of emotion towards them and in the end... you are still in love.  This is the time that is marked by grandkids, road trips, matching jackets (just kidding), and retirement.  This period of course lasts through the times when you hold hands and use the other for your cane...

Of course every relationship is different... and some are much more complicated... But someday I hope to make it to the 'Fine Wine Stage'...

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