I've been out of high school for 10 years and college for nearly six, and I'm starting to notice through Facebook that people I knew in high school who got married straight outta college are starting to get divorced. Yes, we're there, folks. We made it through the stage where everybody got married, then the stage where people started having babies (I have several friends who are on their second child/pregnancies -- mazel tov!). And now people are starting to get divorced. (And here I am, the unmarried, unmotherly nonconformist :)
I just Googled 'average length of marriage.' Fun fact: when you start typing in 'average length of ...' in the Google box, the first four suggestions in order are: intercourse, marriage, menstrual cycle and college football game. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you America. Anyway, the Google couldn't give me a straight answer. I saw everything from seven years to 24 years as the average length of marriage.
The Modern Parents celebrated their 30th yesterday. So even if 24 is the real average length of marriage, they're still above average. And they are.
I laughed when the Modern Mom told me what they were doing yesterday to celebrate: The Modern Dad had to work late so he just requested some of the MM's Weight Watchers-recipe taco soup. He wanted to save his calories for when they go out to celebrate at their favorite Italian restaurant later in the week. She surprised him anyway with his favorite dessert, a chocolate pie. Pearls weren't the gift of choice, as is the traditional suggestion. Instead, they got a new mattress a few weeks ago. Heh.
I neglected to ask either of them yesterday what it's taken to get them here. The MD has said before that having things in common is a way better gig than opposites attract, and they do enjoy many of the same activities like reading, traveling and watching sports (gee, where do I get it from?). I imagine they'd also say hard work, a good sense of humor and lots and lots of tolerance.