Brian and are getting married in 138 days and there isn't an ounce of me that is nervous about getting married. I have no second thoughts. I have no reservations. I have no doubts.
Getting married is the easy part. So much love, so much fun, and so much excitement currently fills our lives.
What scares me to death is the possibility of divorce.
Hear me out.
There are couples that enter into a marriage knowing in the back of their minds that the decision they've made to join their lives probably isn't the best idea. These couples inevitably end in divorce. There are also couples that marry that have zero intentions of divorce, and zero doubts about the union they are about to embark on. Then "life" happens and they get divorced.
Couples that are happy get divorced.
Couples that hate each other get divorced.
Couples that are so in love get divorced.
Couples get divorced. Period. Sometimes we don't foresee the cookie crumbling, but it crumbles just the same.
I had a conversation the other day with a colleague regarding her divorce. They are currently working on the custody agreement.
What? An agreement? On custody? Pertaining to children?
How do people do this to one another?
I guess I'm particularly sensitive about the subject because my parents divorced when I was really young. What most people don't realize is that despite the fact that your children are young and you don't think they know what is going on - newsflash - they do know what is going on.
More importantly they are aware as to what is going on but what they are too young to understand are the adult reasons behind the divorce. Children don't understand infidelity. Children don't understand substance abuse. Children don't understand, "we just aren't IN LOVE anymore." The main component of the divorce that children understand is that life as they know it is changing. Their home life is changing. One parent is moving out. There is fighting, and name-calling, and discord and while parents are busy working on "making themselves happy," the kids are wondering, "what the f*ck is going on," because their whole world has just been blown wide open, and they don't quite understand why.
Yup. That's how it feels.
So how does it work?
How is it that vowing, "in good times and in bad" turns into "until bad is too bad, and then I'm done."
How is it that vowing "in sickness and in health," turns into, "unless the type of sickness is too much for me to handle."
How is it that vowing, "until death do us part," turns into "until I stop loving you and fall in love with someone else."
I'm not judging here, but it just seems that in this day and age fighting to maintain the marriage isn't the popular choice and divorcing is the more practical solution to whatever problem is facing the marriage.
It makes me sad.