When single people ask me what it's been like to be married for a modest six years, I tell them it's amazing, but that it's also hard work. It can be difficult to compromise when you just want your way and harder still to raise a child and not always be in agreement on the best way to handle, let's say, a major toddler meltdown. But these concerns are a drop in the bucket compared to what former NBA player Bob Cousy and his wife of 63 years, Marie "Missie," endured. Imagine getting married and having your spouse spend your wedding night playing basketball. Or living the first few decades as a married woman and new mom raising two daughters more or less solo because your husband is touring with his team. Can we agree Missie was one dedicated wife?
It may have taken a few years, but when Missie was diagnosed with dementia, her husband proved he was worth his weight in gold. He has, in the process, set a new bar for what it means to actually work at having a good marriage.