“Till Death” - On Marriage, Birth, and Change
Till death do us part. But death of what?
Death used to come early. Life expectancy in colonial America was about 25 years. By the 1900s, it was only 45. For most of the history of marriage, till death meant a handful of years, maybe a decade. Now, when we can expect to live about 80 years, “till death” means something entirely different. Till death means half a century or more.