Lessons on love: Balance each other out

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.

4. Balance each other out

Ed Chmielewski said he thinks one of the most important aspects of love is patience with one another. 

"Especially when you have a flaming extrovert with an introvert, then you have to have patience with one another," he said, gesturing first to his wife and then to himself. 

"That's true," said Judith, his wife of 35 years.

"She's always in conversation, and I'm waiting to go home and waiting and waiting,"  he said. "On the other hand, introverts almost need an extrovert, otherwise they’d never get out of their cave."

"And maybe an extrovert needs an introvert, too," he added.

"Maybe," Judith said, glancing at her husband and sharing a laugh with him.

"Just to quiet down occasionally," he said.

"That's right, that's right," she said. "You need the balance."

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