Marriage. No young Arab person is stranger to this topic. It is something we think about openly or not, but it is on our minds nonetheless. I just so happened to write my thoughts down in hopes of illustrating a clearer picture, to try to make sense of it all....
An excerpt from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran. It rang so true the first time I ever read this, when I was only a teen, and it still does today. I hope it does the same for you. If there was ever a formula for a successful marriage, this would be it.
Next week, we're gonna get physical....Enjoy! ;)
Then Almitra spoke again and said, "And what of Marriage, master?"
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
Food for though: A man feels ready to marry, he asks mommy to find him a wife if he had trouble finding one on his own. But what happens when a woman is ready to marry?