Monday, November 10, 2014
An uncoupled, open "marriage's" biggest victim
OK, so let's get this straight ... Clark and Valerie want to protect their son Jonah from divorce, so their solution is to host an "uncoupling ceremony" on a California beach, live in the same home together and date other people. For Jonah.
Apparently seeing Mom with her boyfriend ... or not seeing her while she spends "private time" with him at another location is not damaging. And, I guess knowing that Dad doesn't want a third divorce but that Mom is keeping her options open doesn't hurt either.
What is it about divorce that is damaging for children? A broken covenant, a love that has "ended," a break in fidelity ("if you promised to love Daddy forever and didn't, then do you really mean it when you tell me you will love me forever?), a turbulent, unknown rollercoaster where there should be a secure foundation.
So, what about Jonah's situation is supposed to be different? His parents are dating other people and divorce is still a viable option, at least for Valerie. Clark doesn't want to get married a fourth time, but he has trouble convincing other women to see where their place will be in the relationship. Apparently, Mom's boyfriend Joseph has no problems with greeting Valerie for a date ... and then Valerie's husband. And apparently Jonah is "fine" with it. Why would he say otherwise? Does this little boy feel like weight of his parents' happiness is squarely on his shoulders? And might be feel that he shouldn't say a word because this odd little arrangement is being done "for him"?
It's just so sad! Who does "uncoupling" benefit? It would seem it benefits no one. In the end, while Clark and Valerie say they want what is best for Jonah, it would seem that this uncoupled, "open relationship" is hardest on Jonah. Splashing in the waves together after returning wedding rings can't possibly convey the same security and love that lifelong fidelity (even if clearly sacrificial) could give a little boy who just wants (and deserves) to know authentic love.