Is your relation-ship a Love Boat or has it run aground on a reef?
If Blondie and Dagwood can stay together for seventy-five years, why can't everyone? The Bumsteads are characters in a comic strip of course. They aren't real.
That's not to say that real life relationships cannot be comical also.
As a public service, allow me to hammer home some advice that may keep your relationships afloat. A mixture of sound advice and little humor can't hurt.
Guys, Be a Gentleman
Relationships begin with the dating scene. Remember, this is not your father's dating scene! That " Popcorn Surprise " trick is passe', and not every girl likes buttered popcorn!
You can be a gentleman and innovative at the same time. Might I suggest that when you help her with her coat, you utilize the " Something Up Her Sleeve " maneuver? You'll find out rather quickly if you can expect a good night kiss and whether or not anything else is out of the question!
....You gotta hand it to her!
If as a couple you have survived the dating scene, your relationship will become more intimate. It is at this stage that you should be willing to try new things.
Nothing can sour a relationship more than allowing yourselves to fall into predictable routines. Eat at different restaurants. Take an interest and participate in your significant other's likes.
Couples should learn to bend to their partner's wishes. Study your mate's body language so that you can stay on top of things. Discuss your differences, for you'll never know when you might have to get to the bottom of things.
...And then, of course, there is compatibility in the bedroom.
Warning! Be careful with those explicit picture books depicting 101 positions. If you have to turn the book at different angles or upside down to figure out how to do it, ask yourself if you can figure out how to get out of it!
These books are not for everyone!
Show your significant other that they are on your mind. Let them know you are thinking of them. Nothing says this more than a special card. No card is more special or more personal than one that you take the time to make yourself!
Travel and Vacation
Add some adventure to your relationship! Surprise your mate with a Romantic Getaway.
You can show that you care by helping one another even with the little things.
Yes guys, you can fix the cabinet door. Want to really please her? Offer to wash, dry and put away the dinner dishes and pots and pans. (It's okay. You won't be expected to do it all the time.) Think of it as a form of foreplay!
Girls, you can paint the fence and change the oil in the family vehicle.
(Snap out of it guys! It's only a dream. You are allowed to fantasize, you know.)
Men, when you decide to step out for a while, why not take the trash with you on the way out?
Ask if she needs anything.
If you begin to notice that there is an increased frequency of requests for batteries, you should consider making another stop, namely at your local Pharmacy while you are running the errands.
Pity the man who increases his sexual advances and affections to his woman only to discover that these batteries are for a clock, a phone, or perish the thought for the TV remote.
Nothing is more gratifying than to be recognized for one's accomplishments and good deeds!
Sincere compliments throughout out the years will always remind your significant other that you still find them desirable.
With these pieces of advice you should be able to maintain a long and healthy relationship.
Your relationship will stay afloat if you avoid life's shallow waters and reefs.
Remember, the purpose of a relationship: Growing Old Together!