Here's my favorite "Go Figure!" for 1997: A major status symbol in this greedy-get-more consumer culture of ours is something that no amount of money can buy. You can't inherit it; you can't discover it; you can't even own it.
What is it? What is this remarkable commodity that draws gasps of astonishment and admiring glances when it is revealed?
It's a miracle marriage -- a long-lasting, loving marriage of two committed people.
It used to be only Golden Anniversary couples that got our attention, and even then it was as much for the sheer survival of the individuals as for the survival of the marriage. But as divorce statistics have skyrocketed (today's divorces are initiated as often by wives as by husbands, reveals Jan Jarboe Russell in "What Really Makes Marriage Last," Good Housekeeping, 1996, 98-99, 144), as divorce proceedings and grounds have shifted from laborious and shocking to simple and mundane, the average life span of a marriage has dropped alarmingly.
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