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Dog years

Posted 6/28/2011 6:49am by Shiloh Avery.

Shiloh and Jason in broccoli
The happy farm couple, counting in dog years

I recently met a woman who, because they work opposite schedules, only sees her husband on Friday evenings and Saturdays.  She told me it was the secret to a long and happy marriage.  While my parents have never been on quite such opposite schedules, they were employed in separate places doing different things.  They just celebrated their 47th anniversary (I know, “wow” is right!).  So I’ve been wondering, since “normal” people have at least some parts of their lives that they spend more than 30 feet from each other and they count in “normal” years, are those of us who choose to spend most of our days and nights at least within sight of each other on some sort of fast track?  Like, do we get to count in dog years or something?  I mean, the way I figure it, we spend at least 40 hours a week more together than “normal” people.  That’s 2080 hours more per year which works out to 86 more days per year.  If you follow this logic, even though Jason and I were married in 2003, we’re about to celebrate our 10th anniversary! 

 

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