Thanks for Making Me a Better Person 710.2

They said it wouldn’t last. When I married my dearest Anne 18 years ago, lots of people thought the differences in our ages (she’s more than 20 years younger) and religion would ultimately drive us a part.

Not even close. Lord Byron said: “Love is friendship with wings,” and my love for Anne continues to soar.

I’m not sure love makes the world go ’round, but it sure makes the trip worthwhile.

In the film As Good As It Gets, Jack Nicholson, who plays a self-absorbed, unpleasant fellow, tells the woman he loves, “You make me want to be a better man.” I feel the same way about Anne.

Poet Roy Croft* says it even better:

I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out….

…I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good,
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.

You have done it
By being yourself.

To my Valentine, Anne, thanks for putting up with me and making me a better person.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

* Correction: The audio version of this commentary mistakenly cites Elizabeth Barrett Browning as the poem’s author.

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Comments 4

  1. Mr. Josephson: Do you believe that all individuals have the right to be married? To feel the love and devotion that you and Anne have for each other?

  2. HOw fortunate you are both are to have found each other–and smart enough to have realized you belonged together. I am happy for you.

  3. I first heard this poem in the early 1940’s read by a man on the radio! His mellifluous tones resonating from a beautiful baritone voice sill haunt me to this day. Thank you for reminding me of this
    beautiful poem which is often used in weddings.

  4. GOOD SHOW JOSEPHSON, now by chance might your lovely “SHE,” know or have a Sisterlike/friend awaiting in the wings to inspire another white knight/gent to spew forth daily metaphysical gems to her with slants of wisdom where lost souls on the hillsides & in the valleys can find their hidden
    Spiritual wisdom?

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