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A Heartfelt Letter to a Married Couple


Something sweet but not cloy.  Something heartfelt without being cliche.  Humorous while not using puns.  All that and more is what Skye and I wanted for the letter to Sharon and Dan.

So we sat on my bed, coming up with suggestion after suggestion after suggestion.

And as the night went on, they got lamer and lamer and lamer.

Sharon & Dan (3)

This is the letter we ended up putting in the album.  After abandoning the effort that night, we were forced to write it in emails back and forth during work the next day.  Then I realized I still had all of our excluded letter sentiments.

What better place to preserve them forever than the Internet?

Marriage is like a book.  There’s a protagonist and his sidekick.  Good luck getting to be the protagonist.

People, who need people, are the luckiest people. So lottery tickets now wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Marriage is like an institution.  I mean, it really is an institution. But not like a mental one. Or at least not like most.

The two of you will live happily together is our hope – if not in Zion, at least in an anarchistic Babylon.

Our love for you is like an overflowing river.  Wild.  Untamed.  Sometimes smelly.

Marriage is like war.  There are lots of battle, but for important causes.  Eventually one side must sign a treaty.  Maybe a prenup.  Hopefully no one dies.

You can tell we were writing from the heart,

{ 15 comments… add one }

  • Skye August 11, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Hahaha, now they know how lucky they are that we didn’t include any of these gems!
    Or they’re going to read this and be disappointed with their boring, normal letter.

  • Suniverse August 11, 2010, 12:38 pm

    That’s fantastic. I wish I had those instructions when I got married. Instead, we had to improvise. Easier said than done!

    I have friends that are getting married this weekend. If I get it together, I’ll copy your idea! Thanks!

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor August 11, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Excellent job editing ladies. I think you made wise decisions in the end. :)

    • Kendra August 11, 2010, 4:34 pm

      Agree with you Mindee… smart girls… but you should still put a book together with the “fun” sayings and give to them on the 1 year anniversary!

  • Blond Duck August 11, 2010, 2:42 pm

    I love the last line: hopefully no one dies.

    Zumba is aerobic dance. It’s fast and fun and to really good music!!

  • KLZ August 11, 2010, 3:39 pm

    Sometimes smelly indeed.

  • kyknoord August 11, 2010, 4:18 pm

    Hmmm… I could’ve used an instruction book when I got married. Nobody told me that the whole “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health” wasn’t a to-do list.

  • liz August 11, 2010, 7:19 pm

    those were SO megan-isms. and i bet sharon and dan would love your “drafts” even more than the one you ended up including!

  • Coma Girl August 11, 2010, 8:13 pm

    “Hopefully no one dies” – my favorite!

  • Jo and the Novelist August 12, 2010, 5:33 am

    Those are brilliant. You should really have written a letter compiled only of those statements. I particularly like the one about Marriage being like an institution… I might have to steal that one for my brother’s up and coming wedding.

  • Jam August 12, 2010, 8:59 am

    Damn, I wish someone would write ME a letter that heartfelt. I’m fairly certain that there:s a business venture in all this – wedding cards? Writing other people’s witty vows/letters for them? I don’t know, I just think you need to cash in on this.

  • The Grasshoppa August 12, 2010, 11:04 am

    Love this!! How endearing.

    I also love all the maps on your wall. I used to have maps all over my home office wall. Then I had triplets and another which made five after the first and well…I have a tribe of kids is what I am getting at so now I don’t have a home office. I have a dormitory for punk kids.

  • Megan @ Red Dirt and Crazy August 16, 2010, 10:17 pm

    In my humble opinion…y’all did a great job!! Wouldn’t have changed a thing!!



  • alonewithcats August 17, 2010, 1:54 am

    Marriage is like a car accident. And you’re trapped inside the mangled wreckage. And only the Jaws of Life will free you. Or a divorce lawyer.

    Ah, love.

  • Brittney November 29, 2010, 10:05 am

    AWESOME!! It’s great

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