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Tracy McMillan on The Person You Really Need To Marry (Full Transcript)

Tracy McMillan at TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen

Full text of author Tracy McMillan’s talk: The Person You Really Need To Marry at TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen conference.

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When I was growing up, there was this song we used to sing on the playground, and it went like this, “Tracy and so and so, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.”

And I’m like, OK, that’s it! That’s how you do life. That’s how you do a relationship. Love, marriage, baby carriage. OK, got it.

And then I grew up, and this is what my life turned out to be. Slightly more complicated, right?

Love, marriage, divorce, dry spells, love, marriage, co-parenting, another marriage, another divorce; you got the picture.

So if you’re good at math and/or a fast reader, what you’ve got there is that I’ve been married three times. Yep, three, and divorced.

What that’s supposed to mean is that I’m a total failure at relationships. And that is one way to look at it, but not the only way.

Because what I think really happened is that I kept marrying the wrong person. No, it’s not that I didn’t — it’s not that I chose bad guys. My first two husbands were amazing men who are now married to wonderful women who aren’t me.

And my third husband, well, we’re friends on Facebook now. So, all is well that ends well, right?

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