David Robbins: Plotting for an ideal joint hobby led us up the garden path
It is imperative, according to Oprah, the Afternoon Show and all those self-help marriage manuals, to find a hobby, a sport or activity which both husband and wife can share.
Thus, when the kids have flown and the empty-nest syndrome comes knocking, a couple have some reserves of commonality upon which to draw.
My own parents did not know about Oprah. RTE radio's agony aunt Frankie Byrne was about as far as relationship counselling went in those days.