In this video, Rosemary talks about the importance of respect, open communication — and laughter — all key ingredients for healing and loving relationships.
Treating Each Other with Love
[Rosemary Rawlins] I think the practical things that made us come through this were that we respect each other very much and we kept that in mind at all times. We never really want to hurt each other. And the one thing that both of us know is that you can never take words back. You know—you can say you're sorry if you say the wrong thing to someone, but you can't take those words back. You still hurt someone's feelings. And we both have been pretty careful in the way we communicate. I think that really helped our relationship all the way through. Hugh has always been extraordinarily respectful to me. He's just a gentleman and he always was, and this didn't change—you know—that aspect of his personality stayed intact. So—you know—he thanks me a lot and he's grateful, and I'm grateful. So I think that mutual respect really, really does a lot for a relationship. Well—you know—we love each other. That's—we have affection and we are very playful. We have a great time together—the whole family does. I think we are a very playful family. We love going to the beach and going hiking together and cooking food together, and holidays are fun. So just all of us are very tightly bound, and we thrive on laughter and music. We play music all the time and dance in the kitchen. That's why we have the big long floor in the kitchen with no breakfast bar. I think that laughter is very important in a relationship and certainly important in healing.
Posted on BrainLine October 18, 2013.