Years ago, I was sitting at a bridal shower holding a notecard trying to think of my best marriage advice for the happy couple. People were making quippy remarks like, make sure he does the dishes from day one! I used to think marriage was that, a nice clean chart of his jobs and my jobs (I'll fold the laundry and empty the dishwasher if you mow the lawn and wash the cars). But the longer I've been married, the more I've seen it as a circle. I bring all of me and he brings all of him and together, we fill up our life until it's full, whole. When I was pregnant, my part of the circle made a small sliver, waning moon because I physically couldn't do much. But he came in and filled that space in our circle, waxing and completing so that we, together, were still whole. When he's had seasons of masters programs and busyness, I swell up and fill the space. We bring a balance and a unity to each other that allows us as a couple to be one. I give, he gives, we both do whatever needs to be done and we, together, as a team, are complete. || I'm honored that this painting, "Two Makes Whole," will be part of a fundraiser this Wednesday for a wonderful organization called https://fightthenewdrug.org/. If you're interested in bidding or attending, you can contact @melindawbrown.