Two is better than one.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

Edward and Bella.

Bert and Ernie.

Ben and Jerry.

Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Or those shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch twins . . .


Or the joyful pairings of the season:

Mistletoe and kisses.

Crispy latkes and sweet applesauce.

Two turtle doves.

Glitter and well everything (eventually that sparkly stuff will find its way to global glitter domination).

Which naturally brings to mind the interesting pairing of celebrities and pets . . .


Famous Faces 

Okay so that’s not exactly a dynamic duo, but  “Man’s best friend” qualifies under the buddy category, and that brings me to the harmony at the core of any good pairing.


“We need each other, deeper than anyone ever dares to admit even to themselves. I think it is a genetic imperative that we huddle together and hold on to each other. There is no question in my mind that there is nothing else in life, really, than friendship.”

— Patch Adams


Whether we forge those bonds through marriage, parenthood, friendship or in our communities  some things and people just fit.  There’s companionship, support and overall awesomeness.

Kind of like cupcakes and frosting.


Because some things are just better together.

 Better Together couple

me and my best pairing, circa a long time ago

 What’s your favorite pairing?

34 thoughts on “Together We Make Sense

  1. Susanna Hill

    I love all your pairings! What a wonderful post 🙂 Except for fruitcake – I could do without that one 🙂 And what is it with glitter? Truly – global domination as you say!

  2. Emma Burcart

    My favorite pairings are things that are different, but good together like sweet and salty. I love to dip my french fries in a milkshake and cheese and chocolate together bring out the best flavor in each. But fruit and cake? Eeeew! I have never liked fruitcake and never will. Really, I don’t eat anything with plastic in it. And I don’t like fruit and chocolate together, either. Maybe because it’s sweet and sweet. I’ve never really thought about it. I just know the disgusting disappointment I felt as a kid when I realized the chocolate orange actually tasted like chocoalte and orange. I may have thrown up. I love the pic of you and your hubby(?). A very cute combo.

  3. Coleen Patrick Post author

    Thanks Emma! I don’t like fruitcake either. I don’t think I’ve even had it! When I was a teenager I loved going to Wendy’s to get a frosty with fries for dipping 🙂

  4. Jennette Marie Powell

    My favorite pairings are those that make me laugh: Beavis and Butthead. Wayne and Garth. Bill and Ted. Turner and Hooch. I could probably go on…

    I actually used to like my grandma’s fruitcake! But a lot of commercial stuff is dry and tasteless. Or not a good taste. Fun post!

  5. Melinda

    I like the wonder twins :-D. How do you know if you like fruitcake if you’ve never tried it? It’s especially good when soaked in rum ;-). Hmmmm, my favorite pairings….chocolate and peanut butter? Chips and queso! ooo I’m hungry now.

  6. Liz Schulte

    Love it! Especially hot guys and baby animals. hahaha I personally like the pairings of home alone and horror movies, tea and scones, winter and fuzzy socks, books and time, and Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester. 🙂

  7. August McLaughlin

    Such a fantastic post, Coleen! I love the creative way you pieced it together… So readable, entertaining and filled with insight. And what a fabulous Patch Adams quote!

    Some of my faves: freaky twins from “The Shining,” brownies with ice cream and skin on skin. 😉

  8. Alicia Street

    Fun post! And so true. Vincent Van Gogh painted everything in pairs longing for those connection that make us all feel so much better. I write mostly with my DH and love the company.
    Food? Banana and tahini!

  9. Karen McFarland

    Aw, love the picture of the couple at the bottom of the page! Now who would that be?

    And the cat dressed as Jack Sparrow, that’s just crazy.

    But my favorite couple of them all has to be me and my hubby. And next week we will be celebrating another anniversary. Yes I have to say we’ve made a pretty good pair!

    Loved your post Coleen, although I’ve never been a big fan of fruitcake! LOL!!!

  10. Patricia

    Great pairings? Long Island and iced tea by far one of the best pairings. Cranberry juice and vodka, otherwise known as a cosmo, another delicious pairing. Jack (as in Daniels) and coke, another fabulous combination! I’m noticing a trend.

    Other personal favorites – Ethel and Lucy, Fred and Ginger, Scarlett and Rhett and Ashleigh. Wait, cancel that last one.

    One of the best couplings – Merry and Christmas!

    Fun post and great photos.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  11. Lynn Kelley

    What a fun post. Love the pic of you and your hubby. And the dog in the Dorothy costume is pretty cute! How about chocolate and chocolate, Lucy & Ethel, Starsky & Hutch, Laurel & Hardy. Oh boy, so many good ones, I could go on all day!

  12. Louise Behiel

    Great post, Coleen. I love your pairings and the pictures are a great addition to this post. I love peanut butter and bananas; sweet and salty; Ted and Mona (my best friends for 40 years). Since I’m single, I won’t mention my ex’s name

  13. Jennifer Eaton

    Wow… those aren’t the wonder twins I remember! I need to go back and re-watch all those old Super Friends episodes. My favorite pairing? Chocolate and just about anything. Chocolate makes anything good.

  14. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    Love this post, Coleen. Your pairings are inspired, and the photo of you and your husband is a heartstring-tugger. I’m hungry, and my suggested pairings prove it: peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, summer and watermelon.

  15. Tim L O'Brien

    Great pairings here Coleen. As the only guy to post a comment thus far (I think) I may be in jeopardy of losing my “man card” reading posts with photos of wonder twins and hot guys with baby animals. Really, hot guys and baby animals? Sounds sort of like backwoods kink to me, gross. Kind of funny that there is a picture of a fruitcake between the two boy photos!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      So funny Tim! I didn’t catch the fruitcake placement. I also didn’t notice the absence of the guys–maybe because my dad commented–although he sent his comment in a separate email!! 🙂 Maybe it was the wonder twins–hadn’t thought of that. 🙂

  16. Marcy Kennedy

    Okay, don’t hate me–I like fruitcake. I realize it’s weird and unnatural, but I really do like it. Favorite pairings would be chocolate & coffee, cold nights & warm blankets, and honey & french fries. (I’d never heard of Wendy’s frosties and french fries before, but my husband hadn’t heard of honey and french fries or honey and chicken before he met me, so maybe it’s a regional thing?)

  17. Debra Kristi

    Wonderful post Coleen! What do I like paired? Warm smiles and laughter, cozy blankets and fires in the fireplace and a warm mug of coffee or tea snuggled up in front of the tv or with a good book. I also like fruit cake from what I recall. But not the store bought stuff. I made it some time ago and it was moist and yummy – rum style.

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