Have you ever been around a couple like this? I have.
It's exhausting yet morbidly entertaining.
An ex-boyfriend of mine's parents were like this. His mother was a piece of work. His dad was a wreck. I always wondered how they ended up together, much less stayed together.
Once, I actually heard her ask him: "MUST you BREATHE?"
To which he answered without a moment's hesitation: " I have to, I let my life insurance lapse so we'd have money for your wigs."
To my astonishment, she let him live - and the next day, she called the insurance company.
They survived adopting two kids in a culture that doesn't always see this as a positive, sarcasm of monumental proportions, a business (and personal) bankruptcy, his God awful taste in clothes (that actually prompted a ban on his shopping at a certain store in the mall - they had her on speed dial for whenever he came in alone), her many wigs, his travelling throughout the kids' childhood, her gardening despite his sciatic (or was in to spite it), having my ex as a son and his breathing.
They were made for each other, were excellent friends and never accused each other of being spiteful or mean.
As uncomfortable as it was being around them at times, I learned a lot.
Love and friendship can help you overcome anything. If you're only willing to. People don't change "for" someone, so if you love them despite their faults, all will be well. If you feel you have to change the other person, you're doomed.
Of course, it has occurred to me that one day, under pretense of her "gardening" she'll have him dig his own grave.
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