Okay, so I went on Marriage Encounter this last weekend. It was deep in the hills of West Virginia, the woods were dark and inviting, the crickets chirped incessantly, and we talked about feelings all weekend.
I will say that it is much better than Engaged Encounter which was so demeaning and cheesey, I was sick. I thought we were treated as adults here which was good. Overall, very good experience, much recommended. Being the cynic that I am and as allergic to cheesiness as I am, I found much to commend in the weekend. Anytime, you get to focus on marriage is a good thing.
One of my most memorable moments was watching a huge cricket caught in a spider's web. It was great, I'm talking National Geographic stuff. The cricket, huge, huge cricket, thrashed and thrashed to no avail. The spider, a furry brown nasty looking thing, scuttled around the web strengthening the web and then in a quick north-south scuttle it stung the cricket. It took almost two hours for the thrashing to stop and then dinner, for the spider, that is.
The next day another huge, huge, huge, fly looking bug (twice the size of a bumble bee-what on earth are they breeding in West Virginia?) got caught in the same web, but the spider was no were to be found. It had either fallen, or was just plain full. So that wasn't quite as exciting.
Oh, and the weekend was great. I guess with Marriage Encounter, you can find one in your particular faith tradition, so it is very adaptable. The key to ME is to help you focus and discuss feelings. It doesn't actually give tools for problem solving, but that's okay. Talking and communicating is half the battle. So, cool.
In the meantime, I am clueless as to what's going on in the world. So, time to catch up.