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Be Honest With Yourself: The Long and Short of Marriage

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 17, 2010

(See here for background)

From 1957 —

The Long and Short of Marriage

This is a picture of an idea – and an ideal.

It is a picture of two fine young newlyweds – a tall, handsome, wholesome young bridegroom and a sweet but not-so-tall young bride. They have stars in their eyes – stars of eternal hope and happiness.

But the artist intended to suggest to us far more than this. He has here painted the dream of every normal, healthy young man and young woman – a dream filled with a honeymoon, a happy home, laughing, loving children, faith, trust, honor, achievement – all these and a never-ending love and life together.

Ask any starry-eyed newly-wedded couple how long they want their marriage to last, and the answer will come easily: “Forever!”

Forever? Do they really mean forever? Not to end in he divorce court as thousands of American marriages now do? Marriage till death? Yes, that long and longer – for even then separation forever would be tragedy.

Theirs is the hope of eternal living and learning and loving together – an ideal – an eternal “togetherness” of parents and children in the old and hallowed patriarchal pattern, consecrated and enriched by the blessings of a loving and eternal Father in Heaven so long as love and faith and fidelity shall endure.

There you have it: the long and the short of marriage. Which will you choose?




  1. This reminds me of my grandparents, who were married in 1959. He was about 6’7″, and she was about 5’2″.

    Comment by kew — June 17, 2010 @ 8:25 am

  2. I can’t help but think he looks like her father, about to give her a chaste kiss on the forehead.

    Comment by Tracy M — June 17, 2010 @ 10:17 am

  3. Yeah, Tracy M., I thought the same thing. A very paternal-looking groom!

    I have to say (again) that I like the snappy tone of this series. No wonder folks still remember the posters to this day.

    Comment by Hunter — June 17, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

  4. #2: That’s why I don’t like kisses on the forehead. They seem very condescending. And pats on the butt make me think of little kids being sent to bed or football players congratulating each other.

    Comment by Michelle Glauser — June 18, 2010 @ 4:19 am

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