Lessons on love: Divide the labor

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST

The Missourian interviewed 10 senior citizens with more than 400 combined years of marriage among them, and we've compiled a list of the 10 tips they shared. Read all 10 lessons in a single story.

2. Divide the labor

"Kitchens are kind of small spaces these days, and the two of us have fallen into a type of routine for meals," Priscilla Farrall said.

"I start the symphony," she said. "I take care of all that and come in the middle, Michael sets the table, and then I can relax and serve lunch. And Michael is the crescendo at the end. He bangs the pots and pans and washes the dishes and da-da-da-dat."

"Gets it ready for the next meal," her husband said. 

"So it's kind of fun," she said.

"It's a division of the labor there isn't it?" he said.

"Division of the labor, and we aren't stepping on each other's toes," she said. "We each do our own thing, and it comes together in the middle."

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