Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What Mrs. Obama Thinks About Being a Mrs.

posted by Michele Olson
To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Good Housekeeping Magazine, they put First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover, along with the words; on keeping her marriage close.

Of course I wanted to hear more about what our First Lady has to say about her marriage so I headed to the article. (It’s also the first time I realized we have the same initials, and yes the same first name but spelled differently.) For some reason, Mrs. Obama seems to get asked more about her marriage than previous First Ladies, perhaps because the Obama’s bring small children with them and the appearance of family is more apparent. Parenting, marriage, and the presidency are all of interest to the public.

When asked what qualifies as “couple time” these days, her response makes her and the president sound pretty typical. They try to eat dinner together with their kids whenever possible, which is now much easier for them since campaigning stopped. They may spend the evening reading a little or curled up in the den watching a TV show, catching up and talking. She talks about the fact that they aren’t talking about “big splashy stuff” which if you think about the topics they could get into is pretty interesting, but rather it’s the day-to-day sharing and routines they talk about. Just like a real normal couple.

When asked what other couples can learn from their marriage, Mrs. Obama states that young couples have to realize that marriage is hard work- even if you are married to your soul mate, a person you consider to have very few flaws.

From the Good Housekeeping article written by Rosemary Ellis:
MO: Building a life with a person other than yourself, and raising kids and dealing with all of the bumps and the bruises and the joys and the pains that go along with life, that creates the natural state of marriage, and it's a challenge. I say that to people not to discourage them, but to say that you will inevitably hit those bumps. Don't view that as a shortcoming of yourself or your spouse or your marriage. Don't give up on it. Just understand that you're going along the path that everybody else goes on. Go in ready for the work.

Whatever your political leanings…it’s refreshing to see a couple in the White House who are so grounded when it comes to marriage. We all hope they stay that way. With all the pressures they must face in a day, a strong marriage can be the cornerstone of their personal joy and comfort.


M. Denise Wilmer Barreto said...

Personally - I find it refreshing that as many people even care about the marriage of the Obamas. It is a powerful tool for those of us who care deeply about relationships.

Thanks for sharing. said...

Especially refreshing when we have seen the opposite in the White House. We all hope they keep up the good work! Thanks for blogging.