Prime Minister Bill English and his wife Mary were profiled in last week’s Women’s Weekly.
It’s a story of sacrifice – he gave up farming to enable her to follow her career as a General Practitioner. She accepted the loss of privacy and family time which a life in politics demands.
It’s a story of a strong partnership, built on mutual respect, shared values and faith.
It’s a story of a love built on a foundation of friendship, a story of two successful individuals working to be a successful couple and of a loving, and for modern times, large, family.
Behind the gush is the story of a marriage that has endured and in it is the answer to a whole lot of New Zealand’s problems – loving each other and your children, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.
It’s that simple and that difficult.