Rebecca, that is probably a good influence and a good reason why you have the beliefs you do. My parents were married for about three weeks. My father remarried and has been married for a long time, but he doesn't seem happy. My stepmother always seems miserable and she isn't too fond of me or my half brother or sister. My mom never remarried. My grandparents were married for about 50 years and they seemed pretty happy. But except for one of their kids, all of them married and divorced. So just because your parents have a great or poor relationship, doesn't necessarily mean you will. (But I do hope you do!) Mom seemed really happy as a single person and never wished to marry again. I am sure all of this had some influence on how I feel about marriage and relationships. I am sure some people are happy in marriages. I also have friends who have done everything to keep their marriage together and still just couldn't do it. I guess some things weren't meant to be. I guess it is like families all around. Some are huggy, others not, but in both types there is love expressed in different ways.