• Al

    Hi BW,
    Very nice piece. Jo an I met today, 23 years ago.
    I think the increase in traditional marriages is a sign that
    society may be coming out of the hangover that the Baby Boomer generation gave us, however so slowly. And of course, much of the media will continue to work against re-establishment of more traditional, and society-preserving values, a la the NYT.
    I knew about the counting of adolescents in that manipulative piece the NYT wrote on marriage, but I had not known that they
    counted military wives separated from their husbands by combat as single. That is deceit of Biblical proportions.
    Happy Valentines Day to all!

  • http://farenblog.blogspot.com Larry Faren

    Yes, a very well-done piece, Bookworm. A real “Message of Hope” I’d say. The observation about the actions-v-output of Tinsel Town was a keen one that most of us likely hadn’t stopped to consider.

  • http://wytammic.wordpress.com/ wytammic

    Nice article. Children are a blessing from the Lord. It’s too bad so many people look at them as an inconvenience and disposable.

    Count me in the married for 22 years group and very happy!

  • http://helenl.wordpress.com/ helenl

    Nice article, Bookworm. Love, American style, is indeed with us. I don’t condemn others who live differently than I do and am quite glad we no longer call women and innocent children by derogatory names. But regardless of our political differences, my opinions concerning love and marriage are consistent with conservative views. I think there are very good reasons to grow up, get married, and have children in that order. I have been married once (at age 22) and remained married to the same man for 38 years. We have two sons within the context of that marriage. Both sons are single, and we have no grandchildren. I’d call ours a traditional marriage.

  • Kurt

    Great essay. Love it.

    I’m 11 years married with two children (8 and 5).

    I would add one more thing to the ample list of the benefits of love and marriage. Security. Not financial or physical. But Peace of Mind.

    My wife and I share the knowledge that there is someone there for us, always. No matter what happens. We are each other’s rock. My favorite time of day is walking in the house after a day at work. For me there’s nothing like the stability, predictability, and above all, joy, of seeing all the smiling faces (even if the kitchen is chaos and the kids are crying).

    This joy and contentment, which my wife swears she feels too (I believe her…though no one ever really knows what is in another’s heart), has to have a positive effect on everyone in the family. The kids are secure in ways they can’t readily identify…and it will affect them their whole lives. And my wife and I…though few look forward to growing old…are enjoying the prospect of growing old together.

  • http://thoughtyoudneverask.blogspot.com/ Zabrina

    Nice article, Bookworm!

    Funny, your statement: “It’s gotten to the point where women who opt not to work are denigrated as the feminist equivalent of slackers” which linked to a NY Times article about how more Ivy League college women are planning to be stay-at-home mothers and one man was quoted as saying he thought that was “sexy.”

    That was a nice gift for Valentine’s Day!

  • Ellie

    “Zero population growth” so eagerly promoted and adopted by white, college-educated, boomers in the 70’s is just another example of the dire consequences of the adoption of liberal proposals. (We should start a list.)

  • ymar

    My comment might be in the spam filters.