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April 17th, 2010

Does This Seem Strange to You?

And now, for a change of pace here at Musings…


…my son is a Human Development major and made this little film for a Family and the Media class. If I get some feedback on this here at Mona’s Musings, he promises to change the fake URL at the end to the very authentic “www.monasmusings.com”.

So do tell…

…does this seem strange to you?


(Inside scoop: Filmmaker Grant and his wife, BriAnne, have  one of those “strange” marriages — DO YOU?? DO TELL — and yes –that’s me as The Gawking Lady.)


“It’s easy to understand love at first sight, but how do we explain love after two people have been looking at each other for years?”  ~Author Unknown

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  1. Mattye says:

    That’s cute. I guess that puts Troy and I in the “strange” category too. We always hold hands when we are out together. Love your blog, it’s always something fun.

  2. Hannah says:

    Hurray for happy marriages!!! Though this video is a fun little video, it is very true that the world is increasingly finding long, happy marriages the abnormal. Everything in world, books, magazines, movies, music tells us that it’s not. They are all filled with breakups, heartaches, or have you ever noticed in the movies that it the movie always ends when they realize they love each other, not 75 years later when they are happily married? And because of this increase, the world believes that marriages are like a shirt or a car, we change it when we’re tired of it. Or that happiness in marriage is only found among the newly weds. But why should it change??? Yes, we do have to keep the romance in our lives, and that does take work, but the true JOY comes from a long, and happy marriage. And it IS possible! Happy marriages are the norm, everyone else is just falling off their bikes!

  3. Bill says:

    Am and I must be ‘strangers’ as well. In contrast with the popular TV show my wife was watching yesterday where four out of five ‘normal’ relationships were on several different levels of messed up. The fifth was also a little complicated, but seemed like they were at least trying. The night after wondering if they were happy or not, the business trip husband put on a sombrero and some spanish music and started dancing with the over-wrought wife. She said it was going to take more than one night of silly romance to fix things, he said he understood. As they were dancing they noticed their three boys sitting on the stairs watching mommy and daddy. Instead of sending them off to bed, they let the boys watch. I just wish there were more shows that depicted more of the latter and less of the former.

  4. Bri Z says:

    Bill – It’s interesting because film/tv producers and such argue that they are just mimicking reality. When in reality if murder and abuse happened as often as they do on tv, there wouldn’t be anyone in the world left to turn the tv off(taken from a stat in one of Grant’s Human Development and Media classes).

    I think the same probably applies to unhappy relationships in the media. If they really happened as much as they’re portrayed there’d be no one left married in the world – and the problem is that when people see it so often on the tube and hear that it’s normal, it becomes normal for them to do it in their own marriage. We need examples of good marriages and relationships to found our own on. I’m thankful for two sets of parents (and plenty of professors at BYU and leaders in my Youth) with happy marriages to mirror my own after. In fact, I wrote about it on my blog this week – bricolorful.wordpress.com.

    Momsie – we’re just another silly couple at BYU. Evidence? You would’ve driven right past this silly, affectionate couple the other day if Debbie (in the car with you at the time) hadn’t asked if that was us kanoodling as we walked home. :)

  5. We do have one of “those” marriages and the thing is, we don’t even realize it. We just love to be together and whenever we’re within arms reach of each other, we’re touching. Holding hands, rubbing shoulders, leaning on each other. We never really realized it until a friend of mine said, “M and I were talking the other day about how we need to be more like you and Brandon. You guys hold hands all the time.” I think that when you approach a marriage without the thought of escape (a.k.a. divorce) in your back pocket, you look at things differently. Little annoyances don’t bother so much. Time together is treasured, and time apart brings you closer. It’s a choice. We choose to be happy in our marriage, and I hope the same for my kids some day.

  6. P.S. I love the video!

  7. Heidi says:

    I don’t have one, yet. But that’s the only kind I’ll accept! :-) What a cute commercial–loved it.

  8. Grant Z says:

    I think Bri and I really do feel strange sometimes. We’re pretty cuddly, but it works for us. I’m grateful for our relationship. Hope everyone enjoys the video and shares it with friends and family. It would be great to know what everyone thinks of it.

  9. DeNae says:

    Yep. I do. 25 years of strangeness, and going strong! Cute video!!

  10. renee says:

    very fun video clip….hip and happy and nice message, of course!

  11. Rachel says:

    Cute video clip. We need to make more statements like this. Marriage isn’t always easy but it the best way and the Lords way. Dwight and I are on our 15th year. Our Marriage and friendship gets better and better every year.

  12. Sara Lyn says:

    Cute clip! One time awhile after we were married, we were walking on that very road, holding hands and talking when some freshmen on the other side of the road yelled, “Get married or something!” Uh… :) Recently, we were out on a double date and Morgan was pulling out my chair and holding my hand and opening my doors and things. The other husband was doing those things for his wife, too. A few days later, the wife came to me to thank us for being a good example to her husband. While they have a pretty good marriage, he never thinks to do those kinds of things for her and watching Morgan inspired him to do them too! Being a “strange married couple” can help others develop a strange relationship, too. :)

  13. Sara Lyn says:

    P.S. What are you going to do if the volcano doesn’t stop?! It’s a good thing I didn’t go to Europe like planned this year, because I would have tried to come home about two days ago. Glad I missed that mess! Funny how the Lord works. I was really disappointed when our trip got canceled. Now I’m grateful.

  14. Sharon says:

    Great film, makes a good point! What if the world was full of wonderful marriages like this one portrays? That will be the case when Christ comes again but so sad we can’t, as a people, accomplish that now. Thanks Mona for all you’re trying to do to encourage and promote happy marriages! PS: BTW, you make a great Gwaking Lady! ;-)

  15. Bob says:

    I’ve been “normal” and I’ve been “strange.” It is much, much better to be strange! I can’t imagine ever living my life the other way again. For the life of me, I don’t know why I ever lived it the other way in the first place other than to say, “it takes two.”

    Viva la strange!

  16. Michelle says:

    Yep. I do. 25 years of strangeness, and going strong! Cute video!!

  17. Valerie M. says:

    What a cute video. Loved your part in it. It is sad how true it is though. Some children grow up not having any idea what happy marriages look like.

  18. marzee says:

    I love this! I also love holding and kissing my bubba in public – laughing, teasing, and winking across rooms at each other.

    Additionally, I’m lucky to have great parents who showed me that love meant turning on the record player to dance in the kitchen while whispering sweet nothings, singing in the car, playing at the park (even when we were “too old” for such nonsense), renting a silver set and catering a dinner for two in the living room, and taking family walks through the neighborhood after dinner.

    You’re married not only to each other – but to your kids as well. Their sweet actions for each other made us feel special too. Their love bubbled over into a wealth of family blessings.

  19. marzee says:

    PS – Mona – can I copycat your post and share the video and what you’re doing here (Mona’s Musings) on my site? Let me know.

  20. Lynn says:

    One more strange marriage here almost 31 years of strange. Grant love the commercial and I will share it. Thanks Mona.

  21. Katie says:

    This couple in the clip is the kind of couple that makes me look forward to marriage. :) I loved this clip! It is so CUTE! I want to walk down the the street holding hands like that when I’m grown up and married. hehehe

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