Going the Distance – The Promise

There I was watching Mike and Alanna Clear travel 1,500 miles across the country on a motorbike and sidecar uncovering relationship secrets on behalf of matchaffinity.com. It’s been a UTube favourite for quite some time and rightly so. After marrying in 2009 Mike and Alanna spent their honeymoon travelling from Alaska to Argentina asking couples about their secret to love. Which is really sweet. They continued that across the UK.  It’s been a heart-warming, realistic and light-spirited look at relationships. And is well worth a look. So it was great to get an email last week telling us that there was now a poem published on the back of the series. Luke Wright wrote the poem with input from lots of couples through the series. It’s a great reading for the wedding and we thought we’d share it with all of you lovely ladies. ENJOY.

The Promise
I promise, my darling, to be your best friend
to settle the quarrels before the day ends
to teach you new things and learn in return
halve debts, colds and baths, and share laughs and concerns.
I promise, my love, to be silly with you
to giggle in restaurants and cinema queues
the romance and hum-drum all blended to bliss
a life battle-plan that’s sealed with a kiss.
From school runs and house work to sweet pillow talk
from mortgage repayments to long country walks
a cuppa in bed when the morning begins
and then when it’s over, I’ll pour you a gin.
I promise I’ll seek to avoid nasty schisms
I know that at times we’ll need two televisions
I love you so much that whenever we fight
I’ll learn to repeat: I was wrong, you were right.
I’ll cook for you darling, that’s what love’s about
a meal made from scratch is worth one hundred out
I’ll shield you from worries that swing overhead
I promise I’ll try to be awesome in bed.
I promise, my darling, I’ll give you your space
when you’re on the loo, dear, I’ll spare you my face
but know that I’ll be there when your spirit sinks
to match you for messiness, cuddles and drinks.
I love you, my darling, so let’s live together
stack days into decades to make our forever.
The poem is written by popular British poet (poet-in-residence on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live) Luke Wright and is the result of an incredible six week journey that has seen British married couple
What else makes a relationship tick?
Acceptance (mentioned by 45% of couples)
Sharing meal times (10%)
Honesty (16%).

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