Laurel & Hinrich (aka Mama & Papa Bossy) • February 18, 1974

While we're away on honeymoon, I've scheduled a series of posts about happy marriages I know, the ones that inspire me and give me hope. You can read them all here.

On what date did you get married?
Monday, February 18, 1974

What do you remember most from your wedding?
Hinrich: When we got back to our apartment in the evening, we couldn’t get in, because I had given the keys to my mother before the ceremony. We had to get a taxi to my parents’ house—the last bus had gone—and retrieve the keys.

Laurel: This is also what I remember most. We were making jokes about him carrying me over the threshold when we realized he had no key.

What is your advice for a happy and successful marriage?
1) Having and sharing sense of humor. A sense of humor is essential to enjoying life and coping with problems generally and it is even more powerful when you can share it.
2) Being interested in each others’ interests. Not necessarily sharing the same interests from the outset, but choosing to be interested. That way you always have each other to talk to about things that matter to you.

Hinrich: Getting along without trying to remodel each other.

Anything you know now that you wish you had known when you got married?
Laurel: The best part of a relationship is discovering it together.

Hinrich: There probably are things I know now that I didn’t know before, but I don’t wish I had known them before. Knowing everything doesn’t guarantee a happy marriage; willingness to learn and adjust will make the marriage grow.


  1. This has been a wonderfully helpful segment of shared observations and experiences from successfully married couples. We can learn from each other and improve our marriages. Thank you.


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