JournalismPakistan.com September 26, 2013
They got married three years ago. They are both in their twenties. Now, she doesn’t find his armor shiny nor he a knight. And he doesn’t look at her and sigh at the mix of Snow White and Rapunzel and other gossamer stuff he thought was forever. He drives her crazy. She feels ill just looking at him. Talk about love gone sour.
They want to do what young married couples see as a perfectly acceptable option; cop out, call it quits. To so many of them divorce is just a replacement for no good movie on in town.
What is it with this generation that it cannot adjust and stay the distance, that it even puts kids on the firing line because the tinsel and the stardust have lost their glitter.
Face it, the older generations didn’t have men on white steeds and women with liquid pools for eyes and hair like a cascade of ebony, that’s all fiction. As a race we humans are not that hot. If there was a genuine third choice (like maybe aliens from Mars) I think both would go for it. But there isn’t so man up.
We are funny shaped, our faces are irregular and our intellect truly suspect. We are messy, shabby, odd, grumpy, frumpy, average, grimy, cruel, cheap, average, petty, often nice and generally just about okay…that’s it average, like a crayon sketch made by a second grader. But when we made a commitment we tried to work at it and bring a little understanding, a little softness, a little appreciation for each other and, slowly, like the house of cards life is, built storey by storey of the relationship.
We started from scratch. Now kids of 23 want to invest in a house and property and have a portfolio. Success is measured by your net worth not your inner qualities.
Go on then, get divorced, start again, see for yourself, the grass isn’t that much greener and if you don’t have the stamina you won’t last the distance again, don’t make leaving each other so easy.
Three years????? We hadn’t even begun to know each other. Thank goodness.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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