Not long after Edrina and I made the decision to go full-time into our "traveling and speaking on relationships" adventure, we took a 10-hour drive to go visit my parents, in particular, my mother, who was now in a small-town nursing home.
You would think that two people who had made a decision to spend life together on the road would be well adjusted to travel, and could comfortably coexist with each other in a vehicle.
It wasn't too long into the trip when the bickering began. On and off, we were like a couple of siblings snapping at each other over the stupidest little things. When it was Edrina's turn to drive, I would still "hold onto the steering wheel" while in the passenger seat, commenting on everything from her speed to how to turn a corner properly. Yes, I know. Slap me!
Even though we had classed this as my trip to see my parents, Edrina had it set in her mind that, regardless of what we planned together for the trip, she had her own idea and agenda of how the trip should go. Very frustrating for me. So, we ended up snipping about anything and everything. Great trip together! And what a great example to other couples.
We're not usually like this when we travel. Something was setting us off. Maybe it was some unknown tension – the starting of our new venture together, my Mom being at a different stage in her life, the sweltering heat of that summer. Whatever it was didn't really matter. What did matter was that we realized we couldn't spend our entire trip at each other's throats.
When your relationship isn't going smoothly, you both need to stop whatever is happening on the surface, which in our case was the bickering. Then push your pride aside, apologize for any hurt you have caused each other, agree to be civil and return to the ways of love. It may be you who initiates it but you both have to eventually come to this point.
Only then can you open the door to move forward.
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