two are better than one

By that I mean, marriage is a good idea. I am always mindful of this on those occasions when my wife and I are apart for a significant length of time, like more than a few hours.

Yesterday and today she was off driving our sons to Sea-Tac for their trek back to school. They’ll probably make it back before she gets home, but that is a fact of Island life.

In her absence… well, things haven’t fallen apart, but let’s just say her presence is sorely missed…

It’s not that I can’t cook. In fact, I’m a pretty good cook, just ask my kids (but don’t let them talk to you about "Stuff"!!)

No, it’s not that I can’t cook, its that I can’t manage without my wife. She runs our household with great efficiency (and a little too much obsessive worrying). She does this in the midst of a very active ministry among the ladies of our church. She is a pretty amazing person.

So our schedule is a little off without her. This absence is just overnight. If it were longer, our house would be a little less… how shall I say this? A little less clean? Certainly less neat. She hasn’t really been gone long enough for me to really let things get messy.

And, I like to think, she needs me around too. She called me today on the road. She is trying to redo our girls room (new comforters, shams, sheets, etc. … stuff – beyond my ken). As it happens, the Target she was in didn’t have everything she needed… so she had to backtrack down I-5 to get more pieces, and got caught in traffic. So she had me look up the map on Google and talk her out of the traffic jam. I hope she made it through without too much trouble.

The last time I talked to her, she was heading for the ferry and should be boarding as I type. When she has one of these crazy travel days, it makes me wish I was with her so I could help her with the driving (though the shopping end of it would only drive me slightly more batty than usual).

Nevertheless, it is times like this that remind me that Solomon was right when he said:

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.

And God looked at all he made, and behold it was very good. The crowning act of Creation, by the way, was a wedding.



  1. Don,
    An island?
    Where do you live exactly?
    P.S….I love my wife too!

    • Hi Len,

      We live on Vancouver Island, a big long island just off the coast of North America (we are on a different tectonic plate than North America, they tell us… or something like that). We are near Seattle WA and Vancouver BC on the mainland. Our island is about 300 miles long, if I remember right. They do everything in kilometers here and I get very confused about measurements.

      Anyway, we are separated from the mainland by an hour and a half ferry ride. It always is a pain to go anywhere.

      Don Johnson
      Jer 33.3