This question: Who do you trust most in this world and why?
Mary. My wife and best friend and life partner.
I suppose this seems a bit too Hallmark for some of you. Fair enough. But it’s true, nevertheless.
She is the one person in this world of whom I can say without reservation that I would trust her with my self-image. Oh, I know the standard measure is a person you would trust with your life but for me, there are too many of those. My siblings, several close friends, my daughters, perhaps a few others.
Self-image is another thing entirely. Wholly personal and closely held.
Although you might not know it from my posts here, I am a very private person. Perhaps to extremes. And I learned early and have confirmed again and again over the years that Mary is the person I can trust with my most private thoughts.
We’ve been married going on thirty years and there has never been a time when I was unsure she had my emotional back. Which is not to say we haven’t had our fair share of brouhahas, we have. But through all of it, the thick and the thin, long and short and in between, Mary has been my go-to person for feeling secure.
She is trustworthy. And that is – has to be – the foundation of a good marriage.
I learned the hard way when and whom to trust. And of course, in meeting Mary I was lucky.