I recently attended a big family holiday party. Between the happy couple who hosted this festive occasion, their parents, aunts, uncles and siblings, 14 people in all, 14 divorces were represented (one person had two, and one had none). All are now in happy, committed relationships: some marriages, some relationships of long-standing, and some new pairings.
Of all those divorced couples, both sides of several key players were together in the same room. My niece (E), her new husband, and her ex (B) and his second wife co-hosted the party. Up the generational tree, her father and his second wife, her mother and her mother’s new husband were also there. B’s mother and her new husband attended, as did B’s father and his new wife.
Maybe this number of divorces in this one extended, mature family isn’t so remarkable. Would your family look like this?
What I am proud of, as it’s my family and my statistics
We who had not seen each other in a decade-and-a-half were happy to see our counterparts “on the other side,” and greeted each other with joy and friendship.
What makes us different? What magic have we all found, to be able to put away the conflict and ill-feeling that accompanies most divorces, and find companionship with one another?
Well, for one thing, for the grandparents it’s been a while. They have all found new partners and have been in their relationships for 20+ years. Over time, the anger has gone, the sharpness of hurt has softened, and forgiveness and compassion have come to take their place. For the parents, for whom the separation is of much shorter duration, new loves now fill their hearts. They have consciously chosen to cooperate, to make their children’s lives easier – and
For that special weekend of celebration, we were all beneficiaries of that gift. We have now passed this gift on to the next generation as a model to follow.
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