Re: Marriage- One Word
My close second was "friends".
IMO, spouses should be friends first, lovers second. Friends have fun, communicate, share ideas and experiences. But when you also love that person, in addition to being their friend, you help them grow to become the best person they can be, and in so doing, you grow yourself. And they help you in return. You *become* with such a partner. Safely, and surely. Couples who are friends and lovers have the best chance of a successful marriage b/c the basic elements of trust, compatibility, respect, common values and goals are already in place.
When I read the various TAM threads of marriages in trouble, "growth" is what is usually lacking, or lost.