The Rubric

  How do you know what a “perfect” marriage looks like if you don’t have a role model in your life? Should you model after what you see on television or the big screen? Cliff and Claire Huxtable perhaps? Or does a couple like this even exist? Well, yes and no. Of course the Huxtables are fictional characters, but it’s what some families strive to be- successful, loving, and positive. But is their marriage realistic?

Fortunately, the African-American community has a couple who shares the same qualities as the Huxtables and more: Michelle and Barack Obama. Of course as an outsider, they have what you could call a “perfect” marriage. A strong foundation, mutual respect, love, and they sincerely like each other. Another couple that would have fit the mold was Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

The rubric is therefore created by the people whom you are closest to that you can observe what it really takes to be successful in a relationship. So, we have famous couples who lead successful marriages, but what about ‘for real for real’ couples that we know personally; our parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. Are the people who do know someone close who can model prosperous relationships better off than the people who don’t? And for those who don’t, are you left to follow after fictional characters or unattainable people which may or may not lead the life the media portrays?

What’s your opinion?

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