July 2012 Entries
“I’d like to stay and do a little more work on our relationship,” Tanya said recently, nearing the end of a three-day Marriage Intensive. Her words hit a raw chord with Rod, her husband of 20 years. “Are you kidding?” he said in disbelief. “We’ve been here for three days and I want to get home.” “We came all this way to work on our marriage,” Tanya continued, showing her sadness and hurt. “I’d like to work on intimacy in our marriage...
“Why are you looking at me like that?” Gerald snapped at his wife, Trish. “I’m not looking at you any particular way,” she countered. “What’s really bothering you?” “What’s really bothering me,” Gerald said slowly, “is that you are prickly and angry; and I don’t like it.” “I wasn’t prickly until you began picking at me,” Trish retorted. “Now, I am mad. I don’t know what’s bothering you, but I sure don’t like your attitude.”
It was not long after Cynthia and Karl arrived for their Marriage Intensive that their dysfunctional relationship became apparent. As they sat on the couch, their body language screamed, ‘Trouble.’ Cynthia sat at one end of the couch, leaning toward Karl. Animated and anxious, she reached for Karl who, on the other hand, sat at the other end of the couch, leaning away from Cynthia.