Amy Poehler’s (Indirect) Marriage Advice

I just listened to Amy Poehler’s graduation speech at Harvard. It made me chuckle, especially the Outkast bit. And it made me think about my marriage. Here’s a line I liked:

“This is what I want to say: When you feel scared, hold someone’s hand and look into their eyes. And when you feel brave, do the same thing. You are all here because you are smart and you are brave. If you add kindness, and the ability to change a tire, you almost make up the perfect person.”

When I’m scared, I tend to retreat or retaliate. But I bet if I looked my husband in the eyes and took his hand every time I was freaking out  – about another looming deadline or my inability to prevent my infant from eating toys that are most certainly made with toxic lead levels in China — I’d feel a lot better.

And then there’s the tire bit. Learning to change one would definitely make me a better wife.

Photo: David Shankbone on Flickr

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