Relationships often pose major challenges, both large and small. Learning to overcome these obstacles can strengthen your commitment.
Nathan Friedman and Amanda Winer, who met during a birthright Israel trip in 2015, quickly learned that a little adversity can be a bonding experience. Hours after their first appointment, in January 2016, Mr. Friedman had an allergic reaction to something he ate during their meal. Instead of being turned off, Ms. Winer jumped into action and Mr. Friedman recovered with the help of Benadryl.
A few years later, in 2019, they had a more serious obstacle when Friedman was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition that required several surgeries to be corrected. Through it all, they endured every challenge together, which only proves that it strengthens their bond. The couple were married on May 30 at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Conn.
Many parents struggle to prepare their children for an uncertain future. For Paul Bogard, the author of this week’s Modern Love essay, the bedtime stories he read to his 2-year-old daughter often felt like a lie and a promise he could not keep. Every story of a flourishing green earth and animals roaming freely in abundance only deepened his sadness, for he feared that the world he described on the pages of her favorite books would soon cease to exist.
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We have all changed over the last year and a half, and so have our relationships. This is a wonderful time to start resetting and bringing fresh energy into your love life. Here are seven ways to get back in touch as a couple.