The piece presents the situation of a couple struggling to find harmony and balance in their relationship because of health and political issues, among others. The male in the relationship experienced PTSD from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, while the female has experienced weight issues related to their subsequent pregnancy. The couple continued to drift farther apart because of political differences over President Donald Trump. The author asks readers to provide advice for the couple.
- Have open communication. No one can read your mind or know what you are thinking or feeling unless you tell them.
- Be an adult about it. Tantrums and other childish responses do not foster respect that should be part of any adult relationship
- Political views are important to who you are. Finding a partner that agrees with you is key.
“Disputes about sex, religion, money, and politics, especially in the aftermath of the Trump win, can take a toll on a relationship”