For my write-up today on Michele Bachmann's Core of Conviction: My Story, I'll highlight some things that Bachmann says about her husband, Marcus. I'll start with a passage that touches on wifely submission, and then I'll mention my favorite passages about Marcus from my latest reading.
I'm starting with the passage about wifely submission
because that's an issue that interests people when it comes to Michele
Bachmann. Michele Bachmann talks about when she was in Tulsa studying
tax law at Oral Roberts University. She loved Tulsa, whereas Marcus
didn't, plus Marcus felt a calling to help young people. Michele and
Marcus prayed together, and Michele arrived at her decision. On page
81, she says:
"Marcus was my husband, the leader of our home and
family. Between my law school and my marriage, it wasn't even a
contest. I now realized, deep in my heart, that however much I would
hate to leave ORU, I would hate even more causing hurt to Marcus. And
then God reminded me of the famous words of Paul to the Corinthians:
'Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures
all things.'" But Michele was still unhappy to be away from law school.
left Tulsa, and Marcus went into youth ministry. But, eventually, as
he prayed, he concluded that Michele needed to pursue her calling to be a
lawyer, and so they went back to Tulsa. Marcus then worked with young
people as Vice-President of Admissions at Oral Roberts University, and
he also was director at a senior center. (Michele says that he loved
interacting with the elderly because, as a second-generation immigrant,
he had grandparents who did not live in the United States.) Michele and
Marcus later made another move, and Michele went to the College of
William and Mary in Virginia.
Michele did submit to her
husband and regarded him as the head of the home. But, in a sense, her
decision was still hers: she chose her husband's happiness over her own
because her marriage was important to her. Was Marcus a "my way or the
highway" sort of husband? That's not the impression that I get from my
reading thus far of Michele Bachmann's book, for Marcus comes across as
laid-back, comfortable to be with, and caring.
I'll now turn to my favorite passages about Marcus:
On page 61, Michele talks about when Marcus first met her Mom and step-father, Ray:
it was Marcus' turn to meet my family...It was a Saturday, and Mom had
said to come by anytime, so we did. When Marcus and I arrived, we found
Mom and Ray scraping their wallpaper in the hallway. Marcus was eager
to help, so that's what we did. Such gallantry might seem more
practical than romantic, but let me tell you, it was both----practical and
romantic. By pitching in so readily on a chore, Marcus made a good
impression on our folks. Men, here's a lesson for you: Flowers and
candy are wonderful for a girl, but if you really want to convince her
that you're Mr. Right, it helps to be a handyman!"
Well, I'm not a handyman, but I admire Marcus for being eager to help Michele's folks!
Michele also says on page 61:
his part, Marcus's job was...in downtown Minneapolis, a place called
Soul's Harbor, where he taught employment skills to those who were down
and out. But all that time turned out to be time well spent, because he
enjoyed listening to people; he has always said that everyone's story
I try to cultivate an appreciation for listening to
people's stories, for that is a good social skill: being interested in
other people, and realizing that everyone's story has value. That,
incidentally, is one reason that I enjoy Michele Bachmann's book! At a
certain level, I am already interested in people's stories, but I should
cultivate that interest.
On page 80, Michele talks about Marcus taking her to nursing homes when they were dating:
we had no money, we would occasionally go to visit some of Marcus's
favorite senior citizens at nursing homes in Winona, at Sarnia, and the
Watkins Home. These were very unusual dates, but I got to see what a
loving, sensitive, and caring man Marcus is, and afterward, rather than
being depressed, we found great joy in recalling the stories and jokes
of these seniors."
I love that passage!
Marcus was a
controversial figure during Michele's run for President because of his
alleged belief that homosexuals could change. But I think it's
important to recognize the good that people do, not just the things that
we disagree with.
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