Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Trip to Seattle, Circa 1959

From a 1959 book, "The Creative Years - a Mature Faith for Adult Life" by Reuel L. Howe,

"The sex relationship of a couple is like a trip to Seattle. There are two ways of going. It is conceivable that we might travel all the way at breakneck speed looking neither to the right or left, and seeing nothing on the way --- the "Seattle or bust" approach. If we arrive at all under these conditions, we are so nervously exhausted that there can be no sense of achievement. And this is the way some couples approach intercourse.

A better way to go to Seattle is to take the time to enjoy the scenery along the way. If, for some reason, we do not get there, we have still enjoyed the trip. The chances, are, however, that we shall arrive, and arrive more fulfilingly, just because we enjoyed the trip. And so a man and wife may come together in the love act, to love each other without compulsive objectives, and be renewed by that love, no matter what its experience may be....

In conclusion, we may say that sex does not need to be a problem and is not a curse as many conclude. Sex is a part of us all, and is to be accepted as such."

Pages 106 to 107, if you don't believe me. I have a copy if you want to see it.

I always liked Seattle.....

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