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Email of the Day: A Bike Ride Was a Metaphor for Our Marriage

By Dr. Laura on November, 19 2021
Email of the Day: A Bike Ride Was a Metaphor for Our Marriage

My husband and I were enjoying a 21-mile bike ride on a wilderness trail, our first real vacation without our four now-grown kids. The trail was rugged and challenging and after 10 miles, we stopped at a beach for a swim. When we walked back to our bikes, we heard my husbandโ€™s tire burst. After just one swear word, my husband hopped on his bike, said โ€œIโ€™m riding it like this,โ€ and off he went. I kept quiet and followed behind. It was a challenging ride over roots, rocks and mud with two GOOD tires, yet he was doing it on ONE, and standing up the entire way.


I started to compliment him on his perseverance. I could sense his appreciation in every positive word I said. I continued encouraging him and telling him how impressed I was with his determination. He did not want to ruin our fantastic bike trip and was willing to do whatever it took to continue to lead the way. It was like a metaphor for our vows โ€“ he would do whatever necessary, no matter how tough and tiring, to be a good husband to me.


Iโ€™ve loved this man for more than thirty years, but never until that afternoon had I seen that level of strength and empowerment. Perhaps I hadnโ€™t looked or been too busy with our children, but on that day, I knew that he could handle anything that would come before us in the next stage of our lives. We shared a beautiful evening together, and when we returned home, the first thing I did was get him a new tire for his bike!



A Bike Ride Was a Metaphor for Our Marriage



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