The secret to happy marriage

Published 9:31 am Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Someone once asked me how my wife and I remained so happily married for 30 years.

My answer was simple; she knows who is the boss within our humble abode…she knows who wears the pants in our family. I’m mighty proud to tell you that the person who fits the aforementioned descriptions is my wife.

A man must know his limitations when it comes to the fairer sex. I know what my limitations are. There are only two things a man needs to know in order to maintain a happy marriage…(1) a woman is always right; and (2) see rule number one.

I read these following wise, old sayings a while back and kept them for a column idea. I think all married men will completely understand the meanings:

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can’t face each other, but still they stay together.

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

Woman inspires us to great things and prevents us from achieving them.

The great question… which I have not been able to answer… is, what does a woman want?

I had some words with my wife and she had some paragraphs with me.

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week…a little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.

There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage.

I’ve had bad luck with both my wives. The first one left me, and the second one didn’t.

Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming

1. Whenever you’re wrong, admit it,

2. Whenever you’re right, shut up.

The most effective way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.

You know what I did before I married? Anything I wanted to.

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.

A man inserted an ‘ad’ in the classifieds: ‘Wife wanted’. Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: ‘You can have mine.’

First Guy (proudly): ‘My wife’s an angel!’

Second Guy: ‘You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.’

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

See you folks next week….if I’m still alive!

Cal Bryant is Editor of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald and Gates County Index. He can be contacted at or at 252-332-7207.