Vows Kept, Vows Broken
I am happily married, a blessing that I do not take for granted.
In the past three weeks, two men have confided in me that their wives have been unfaithful and they are getting divorces. Both have children. The news makes me very sad. I am a lawyer, but not a divorce lawyer. They were not asking me to represent them, nor for a referral. They were talking to me as a friend.
I do not intend to imply that women do not suffer the pain of having unfaithful spouses to the same extent, but women are not likely to tell me about it. They seek support from other women mostly. I suppose these men talked to me about their pain because I am another guy and would not have shared with me if I was a woman.
One of the men was served the divorce papers at church. Maybe his wife had a reason, but I cannot imagine what it was. He was living in the family home. She knew where to find him. How do people who vowed to love and honor one another “as long as you both shall live” fall so low?
I am certain these wives each have another side to the story. Obviously, they are unhappy with their husbands, maybe for good reasons that I do not know about.
I’m just sad. A marriage between partners who stick together “for better or for worse, in sickness and in health,” is a wonderful mutually supportive and loving relationship. A marriage between people who betray and hurt is the antithesis of love. It takes two to make a marriage work, but only one to destroy it. One hand cannot clap alone.
I think I better quit writing this and go give my wife a big hug.