Happily Ever After?

My 5-year-old daughter loves her Disney princesses. You know, all those stories that end with “and they lived happily ever after.” Each time I read one, I think there must be some pages missing. Where’s the rest of the story? Where does it talk about the next morning when they wake up and look at each other and have to figure out how to get along?

My husband and I set up an interesting experiment for ourselves: We met, got married four months later, and had three kids before we even reached our third anniversary. It wasn’t exactly happily ever after. We were essentially complete strangers who had to learn how to love, understand, and accept each other if we were going to have any chance of actually enjoying ourselves. We’re now seven years in and I am happy to say it’s the best it’s ever been, but it’s taken a lot of learning.

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