Or maybe I just met the right person.
I feel about her the way I think you're supposed to feel about your wife. . . like destiny brought you together and you can't imagine not being with one another.
I'd really like to tell you more about her, but again, she's a private person. Also, I believe that what she gives me is meant for me alone.
But many of you, if you are blessed with a healthy relationship, know what I'm talking about. There are things that exist only between the two of you that make each marriage special.
Much is written and said about how marriage is challenged by time and fading passions. Eyes start to wander. Wedding vows are forgotten.
Longer life spans, no-fault divorce and financial independence all make it easier to change partners. The divorce rate among those 50 and older has doubled in the last 20 years to one in four.
I'm not judging. I started over.
But as a result, I now believe more than ever in the strength and grace of marriage.
Writer Mignon McLaughlin said: "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
I like the sentiment, even though I'm not, by nature, a romantic.
It suggests that you don't grow stale in a marriage, so that on anniversaries you remember not only why you fell in love to begin with, but celebrate the continuing and cherished journey together.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.