This is when the shit hits the fan in a long-term love relationship.
You raise kids and teens, you create debt and pay it off, you grow professionally, personally, spiritually and emotionally, you move, you change, you age.
Things fall apart. You piece them back together.
And if you continue to look for the good and praise it in your partner, if you refuse unkindness, criticism, intolerance and impatience, you get to the point where you deeply admire your partner for all he’s endured, for all you’ve endured together.