Your Marriage: a New User's Guide

Being in a long-term relationship isn't easy: it not only takes a sense of responsibility, but also a sense of transparency. For example, at any given time, my wife can text me, email me, ping me, call me on the cell, try me on the home line, or sometimes just walk into the next room if she's feeling particularly energetic and say, "Hey, we need kale."

But while relationships require transparency and dependability - not to mention kale -- they also require the opposite: unpredictability and mystery. Therein lies the relationship rub: how do we share everything with our partners and yet also remain mysterious and unpredictable?

In the spirit of that ever-expanding grocery list we call marriage, here are my personal Top 10 relationship requirements for not just crossing the threshold together into married life, but also staying there:

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