The Law (and the World) According to Me

My nephew had an engagement party a few months ago. Actually, he is my step-nephew, the nephew of my second wife. At Matt’s party were his mother and her second husband; his father and his second wife; his aunt and her second husband. Combined, that group of six couples brought with them about 15 offspring, some with their own significant others, and one with a baby.
That was just the future groom’s side. Matt’s intended had her mother there with her new husband; her father with his new bride, and assorted other aunts and uncles with their blended groups of progeny (I do not have quite the same detail for that side of the family; I’ll see them at the wedding and probably never again).
In total, a party that under “normal” circumstances would have hosted 30 people had about 110 invitees.
What, you may ask, are “normal” circumstances? C’mon, you know. That’s when everyone stays married to the spouse they betrothed while in their 20’s, had happy children and grandchildren and reunited at every major family event.
You know people like that, don’t you?
The intriguing statistic in this millennium is not the one that says 50% of married people divorce—it’s the conversely unspoken one that says 50% of married people stay together. My theory has always been that when the institution of marriage was invented (obviously before the wheel), people were dead by the time they reached age 30. So they had to stand maybe 10 or 15 years with the same person. Whoever came up with the idea of living with the same person for 60 years? Who the heck can do that?
If you are over 40, make a list of your friends, relatives and acquaintances, and then calculate the percentage of those still married to their first spouse for over 20 years. If it’s 50% or more, let me know. I want their names, because it’s only a matter of time.
The real headline here should be “Why do People Stay Together?”
Answers (maybe), in Part Two.


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