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Where even the best marriages are hard: in the middle

EVERYONE WHO JUST GOT MARRIED is psyched about it. It’s a new adventure with their best friend. Everyone who has been married for 50 years or more is psyched about it. They’re living with their closest companion—it’s been a trip, totally worth it.

But the people in the middle? They’re, you know, they’re fine. They perhaps didn’t expect marriage to be quite as much work as it is. Not just the

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