Now I know a whole lot of you out there in the blogosphere said to yourself last October, “Hmmm, October 18, 2014. Day doesn’t ring of anything special.” But at least two of us see it differently. October 18 was the 27th anniversary of our first date – my wife and me. We went on our first date together to the State Fair of Texas in October, 1987. We were both in the middle of divorce and each raising our kids – she had 3 and I had 1 that we were solely responsible for. The ride has been about as rough and sometimes made us as dizzy as the rides at the state fair, but we’ve survived it.
Why share something like this on a child mentoring blog? First, it’s my site and I figure I can write about what I want to. Second, and more to the point – we celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary in Mar 9, 2015. As you might imagine, with four small children ranging from 18 months to 7 years old, it was tough just making to the first year of marriage, and then we made it through the first year of marriage. That speaks volumes about our dedication to each other, in spite of our circumstances. We haven’t been the perfect couple and we certainly didn’t mimic the Brady Bunch from 80’s TV program. Raising children is tough, especially in a blended family, but we decided that divorce wasn’t an option (every time we considered it).
Much of what we mentor children about stems from what we show them about dedication, responsibility, perseverance, and working through the tough things in life as a team. No matter how you feel about marriage, it definitely gives us plenty of opportunities to practice, and mentor, these virtues.