Last Thursday we shared our perspective on the Gosselin family break up. Today we offer you the perspective of another writer – Dave Boehi:
I’ve noticed two things about the Jon and Kate Plus 8 drama that’s been unfolding in the media over the past two months:
Few people are surprised by the announcement last week that Jon and Kate Gosselin—parents of sextuplets and twins and stars of the reality show on The Learning Channel—are separating.
And nobody seems to be happy about it.
It’s true that in America we appear to be drifting away from a commitment to marriage, with more couples than ever living together and having children out of wedlock. Our divorce rate remains one of the highest among nations. But a story like this shows me that most of us still want the dream to come true—we want couples to stay together and live happily ever after. We remember how special a solid marriage is, and how important it is for children to have parents who love each other and work out their differences with no thought of pursuing divorce.
Last week’s Jon and Kate Plus 8 had to be one of the saddest hours of television I’ve ever seen. Also, one of the most frustrating. (read more)
This is a great reminder that there is a world watching us as our marriages play out in real life. Certainly we’re not on national television, but we all have neighbors, co-workers, friends and extended family who are observing what our marriages declare. We all have “for poorer, for worse and in sickness” times of our marriage. We vowed together that even in these difficult times we would stay together.
Romantic date nights are a highlight of marriage, but sticking together when things aren’t pleasant is of far more value, for this is the stuff that reveals what’s truly important to us – fun? or commitment ’til death do us part?