Thursday, March 1, 2012

Divorce: Reasons Not To Do It

I've never heard of Penelope Trunk, but she has written a pretty thoughtful (although occasionally using some of the seven words you can't say on the radio) piece about divorce and why "Divorce is immature and selfish.  Don't do it."  She speaks from experience.  Here's the opening:

Divorce is always on my mind because I got a divorce four years ago. Not that I wanted to. In fact, when I thought we were going to a couples therapist we were actually going to a divorce mediator. And then, when it was clear that we were going to have to get a divorce, and I had all the money to fund it, my lawyer finally said to me, "If you drag your feet any longer, you're going to have to get a new lawyer because I'm retiring."
So we got a divorce. I hated it. (And of course, I blogged about it the whole time.) Subsequently I have become a vocal critic of divorce. I think it's an incredibly lame and selfish route to take. Here are five reasons why:
1. Divorce is a cliche among people in denial. I see divorce in every story. For example, as soon as I heard about the school shootings in Chardon, OH, I got stuck on the fact that the kid's parents had just gotten a divorce and left him with his grandparents. I blame the parents.Heather Armstrong is a great blogger who I have followed for years. But I'm really stuck on the news that she just announced a separation from her husband.
Armstrong supports her family with her blog, dooce.com, which is about herself, so of course, I watch her really closely. In her post announcing that she had asked her husband to leave, she said the two common, and delusional things we hear from divorced parents all the time:
"I can’t be a good parent if I’m not happy and I’ll never be happy in this marriage."
and
"The kids are doing so well. Kids are really resilient."
Read the rest of us, especially if you are thinking about divorce, and maybe even if your marriage is in good shape.  Don't wait for the disaster to show up.

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