Gilbert and Frances celebrated 35 years together, and that was tremendous. From 1901 till Gilbert's death in 1936, they remained together in love, companions on the journey of life.
Love is a strange thing. So many young people today are tossing love around like it was meaningless, worthless, or heartless. They hook up and unhook almost as often as they change their brand of sneakers. They live together long past the point of honeymoon, then decide they couldn't ever stay together for life. They chemically induce sterility to keep that idea out of the picture. They go right past that natural urge to join their two lives together as one for life, and join up anyway, without permission and they know it, and it eventually fails, and they know why, but do it anyway. It must be right. TV says so. Movies say so. The culture says so. David Letterman says so. Maybe I'll be the one prove it works.
The long term implications of this current catastrophe are going to be disastrous for the culture. Well, they already are. Kindergartners are witnesses to mom and dad's loose morals. How will they grow up differently?
Perhaps some will choose the path of rebellion. To rebel today has all the excitement of virtue: marry; marry young (meaning in your 20s), marry innocent, have children, stay together. Revolutionary ideas, I know. But if you want to rebel against the culture and against your parents, maybe that's the path you might choose.