Saturday, February 14, 2009

Me And My Valentine

Marshall and I have been married 12 and 1/2 years. We have what I'd consider an unconventional marriage. A mixed marriage. A multicultural marriage, if you will. Why? Because he's Southern. And I'm not.

We grew up on different diets, with different traditions. Over the years we've managed to bridge the gap... meet each other in the middle. I no longer bring up the fact that my ancestors beat his ancestors in that little war his family likes to call "The War of Northern Aggression". I've tried to accept some of his southern ways, like graciously accepting the King Cake his parents send us every year. (As an act of good will, of course.) I agreed to teach the kids to say "Yes ma'am" and "Yes sir" to us, as long as he never forces me to eat Crawfish again. See? It's all about compromise.

So in honor of unconventional relationships on this Valentine's Day, I leave you with this very sweet and romantic video.


  1. My hubby is a former Yankee and I'm a Southern Belle. ;D

  2. LOL! I'm sorry, but the rat is just creepy. Does watching this make you want to feed your snakes? ;)

  3. Uh Julie, when I read the caption of the video I decided to take you at your word on that one.

    My hubby and I have been married over 12.5 years too. I love how our marraige has evolved to a level of comfort and security in knowing we can be who we are and still love one another.

  4. Hahaha. That's exactly why I didn't date in highschool. We lived in Atlanta. My parents always told me I couldn't date a nonbeleiver- or a Reb.

  5. Aren't King Cakes good though? I've never had a piece even though they sell them here in our bakeries at that time of year and I've been to New Orleans in Feb too.

  6. Ha! I was nodding my head and smiling reading your blog. I'm married to a true Okie...native Oklahoman...and I was born into a native South Dakota family, and, although moved from WA to MS, was raised oh-so-midwest, you know? We've had the most challenges with the issue of food....catfish is his favorite but has to be fixed the "right" way (cornmeal and grease). I think crumkaka cookies are the ultimate. Loved the rat/cat video! Adorable.

  7. That video is so sweet! THAT image my eyes can handle. :-)

    So, 12 and a half.

    Not even going to say it. I'm starting to feel like a stalker (oh, you like purple? me too. Oh you love Twilight? Me too. I LOVE Little Mermaid! That painting in your house? Only my favourite...)

    ours is Dec 30th, when's yours?

  8. oh never mind. I thought today was June 14th. sorry. I have NOT been married 12 1/2 years yet (wow, sure felt like it though). I had a Dr. Pepper today, can you tell?

  9. Happy Valentine's Day. We were a bit of a mixed marriage too because I am a Patriots fan and he is from a long line of Jets fans.

    But I have cured him of that.

  10. I couldn't get more Yankee....His family couldn't be more southern.

    His family all whispered about the yankee girl that Zach was marrying xD

    But they love me now :D

  11. We are all Southern here. However, we are open minded. :) My dear husband wants to know between you and Marshall, who is the cat and who is the rat?

    Happy Valentines Day!

  12. Ok, I'm born & GA so I'm considered "Southern" but I really don't "feel" it. I ennunicate. I don't like cornbread & the Southern accents drive me up the wall!!!!

    Oh, & my cats do the same thing! Or hamster got loose one night. We found him under the aquarium snuggled up to our cat! LOL

  13. Shane's lived here in TN his whole life.
    I'm a Yankee by birth.

    We, too, have our differences when it comes to food and the correct way to pronounce words.

  14. How sweet! And too funny about the mixed marriage!

    I wish my two CATS would cuddle up like that. They're not even natural enemies and they can't get along.

  15. Oh. my.

    I am a subscriber so I've been checking you out from my reader - but I actually HERE today and holy cow! I just saw the face-in-bella button.

    Crack me up!

    Next month is the DVD release. I have mine ordered on Amazon pre-order. How 'bout you?

    As for the rat. Ew. ;)

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  16. That sentence would be so much more coherent with a VERB in it. sheesh.


    going to bed now!

  17. Well, that's just disturbing...BAHAHAHAHAHA My husband's family is southern on one side-- we went to Arkansas before we got married to see "the crazy uncle" and his cousins. He knows I love him if I married him after THAT visit. BAHAHAHAHA

  18. I'm sorry I'm being rude all the time Julie, but I just think it's better if we're not friends!

  19. Awww, how cute with the two of them together. But so funny to see the cat (who looks JUST like Roar) sitting so still with the neverceasingmotion rat moving and moving and moving.

    So ummm where do y'all fall on the grits issue? Personally, I can't even try them.

  20. That videos adorable! My old guinea pig loved playing with the dogs.

    I've lived in Texas all my life- but I'm a liberal Texan so I kinda stand out.