Marriage is Like New Carpet
At first it's so beautiful and new! You're so happy with it and you show it off to all your friends. You really take good care of it because you want it to last a long, long time. Hey, this may be the carpet, finally, that will last the rest of your life.
Stage two, a few spots are beginning to show. You are religious about taking care of these right away and it seems that you have removed the spots and all is well again. You know you can do this, if you are just vigilant enough. You resolve to be on guard...nothing is going to spoil your beautiful carpet. You banish the dog.
Stage three-you are fighting a losing battle. You begin to cover up the worst spots with area rugs, but you are disenchanted. People begin to remark on the state of your carpet. You know it is nowhere near what it once was. It gives you no joy. You don't want to look at it, yet you can't get rid of it quite yet.
Stage four- It depresses you, it is a daily reproach. You either live with it trying never to look at it or you rip it up and throw it out. And then you begin looking for a new carpet, knowing that it will probably happen all over again.
(Your best friend tells you she is quite content living with bare floors but you don't think that will really work for you. Will it?)