An Oregon man’s Facebook has gone viral and for good reason. Dale Partridge, 31, wrote a post about his wife Veronica and the versions of her he’s fallen in love with over the course of their relationship.
He writes, “Men are so worried that marriage will leave them with “only one woman” for the rest of their lives. That’s simply not true. I fell in love with a 19-year-old rock climber, married a 20-year-old animal lover, started a family with a 24-year-old mother, then built a farm with a 25-year-old homemaker, and today I’m married to a 27-year-old woman of wisdom.”
Are you crying yet? Because I am. Partridge told People that the post came from his heart in a “very deep way.” He was inspired to share this important marriage lesson because he wants people to realize that while you’re in a relationship, you both continue to develop and change.
His post continues: “If your mind is healthy, you’ll never get tired of “one woman”. You’ll actually become overwhelmed with how many beautiful versions of her you get to marry over the years. Don’t say no to marriage, say yes and keep saying yes until the day you die.”
Partridge also believes there’s something about our culture that is “elevating singleness.” The father of two says he often sees people who are hurt, broken, and don’t have enough confidence to commit to someone else. “It’s sad because they’re missing out on a really beautiful thing,” he says.
And we weren’t the only ones blown away by his heartfelt post. His wife, Veronica, who is pregnant with their third child, said that “it hit every string in a woman’s heart.”
Marriage has no place for a heart of independence. A husband or wife who fights for a private life often has a reason for it. A hidden secret. A piece of their singleness in which they can’t let go. Or worse yet, a back door. Relinquishing our personal freedom for the love of another is a difficult journey until death. There’s nothing easy about “becoming one” and waring for a life of unity—but we must remember, a couple battling for separate lives will eventually have them. #DaleyWisdom 📷 @allisonharp