Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sexiness Wears Thin

This morning I heard on the radio that Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today – wow! Not 50th birthdays, but 50th wedding anniversary. That’s a huge feat for any couple, but especially for a Hollywood couple.

One of my favorite quotes, which I have pinned to my bulletin board, is a quote from Joanne Woodward that reads:, “Sexiness wears thin after a while, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh everyday, ah, now that’s a real treat.” I discovered this quote when my husband and I were preparing for our 25th anniversary celebration. We were looking for something for our party invitations that would express something about us. My husband jokingly commented that if we used this quote, people would think he was no longer sexy, so we went with Shania Twain, “They said, ‘I bet they'll never make it’, but just look at us holding on. We're still together, still going strong.” I like the Shania Twain lyrics, but I’ve kept the Joanne Woodward quote on my bulletin board because it’s a reminder that the characteristics that make us love each other over time, that bind us together, are not the cuteness or sexiness that first attracts us, but the everyday behaviors that bring us joy and happiness. It’s a reminder to cherish those characteristics, whether it’s making us laugh everyday or doing the dishes or some other chore that we don’t like or even just the act of going to work everyday. For me, I think my husband is plenty sexy, but I have no doubt that what I really love about him is that he does make me laugh everyday. It’s truly a treat.

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