I read a lot of blogs, I read a lot of family blogs, organizational blogs, parenting blogs, etc etc etc, and one theme that breeds through all of them is this nausea inducing white washed effect where everything seems sunny and cheerful *all* the time, that challenges are met and passed with skill and grace.
I believe this does us a disservice. It makes me look at my own marriage and go "wtf is wrong with us?", since there are moments when we want to strangle the other person, moments where I have to sit on my hands (and feelings) and just keep my mouth shut.
I suppose you could argue that putting REAL LIFE PROBLEMS on the internet is "airing the dirty laundry", that no one wants to read about the ugly belly of cohabitating with someone (and often the small humans who come into their lives through choice).
Perhaps that's why blogs like The Bloggess are so popular, because she lets her crazy out where everyone can see it.
Surprise, marriage is hard, and sometimes it sucks and you want to run away, but the rest of the time it's awesome. Like when I have to hit J in her sleep because she's rolled onto her back and is obstructing her airway in her sleep because she's so allergic to life right now.
Being with someone over the long haul means you have to work together to GROW together. You have to re-learn habits, ways of talking to people, ways of living in another person's space.
Is it worth it though? Absolutely. When I get super cranky and miserable and we're fighting and I contemplate the "what ifs", it's never as interesting as staying and working through our shit. And so, we will make it to our 3rd wedding anniversary next year. Yahtzee!