How couples rewrite history and how to make it work in your favor:
One of my earliest memories is of my mother taking me to the library, where I fell immediately in love. I looked forward to our weekly trips, where I would gather another collection of story books to take home and peruse for hours. One of my favorite gifts as a child was a book of fairy tales that I read repeatedly. As I read the adventurous tales, I felt transported in time and place and imagined interacting with the various characters. I still remember sitting in front of the mirror at age 6 and wishing that I had hair as “black as ebony,” like Snow White because it seemed so exotic compared to my dirty blonde locks. I still have an enthusiastic response to stories, which is one reason I love being a therapist.
Every couple who starts marital therapy has a story (or two versions of a story). One…
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