Yes, this post is late and, no, I don't plan to let this become habitual this month. I am really taking this challenge seriously. However, Bobby and I were busy celebrating our 8th year of marriage.
If you want success in any relationship, there must be a few things that you do again and again. I'm talking about traditions. Webster's Dictionary defines tradition as "an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)".
Being a huge University of Alabama fan, just the utterance of the word "Tradition" warms my soul. Everything about Alabama is Tradition, from the unchanging design of the football uniforms to the creation of the elephant mascot to the expectation of excellence. Aside from the few crazies you'll find associated with every sport, the Tradition of Alabama creates a solid love affair between school and fan. That love affair has spanned more than 5 generations and is losing no strength.
What is the real allure of a tradition? It's almost like a secret the two of you will share. The tradition may make sense to no one but yourselves, but it's something consistent -- consistency is vital to a successful relationship. Furthermore, if you can't commit to something as simple as always giving two quick love pats before saying goodnight and turning to the left side, then how can you commit to the vision of growing old and rocking your bobbled grey heads on a front porch some day.
I challenge you to either continue with or create some traditions of your own. After all, multi-generational love is on the line.