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When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger...Epictetus

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Anything for love

From The One-Minute Writer:

In the words of the singer Meatloaf, "I would do anything for love, but I won't do that." What is "
that" to you?

Hmmm...very interesting...and my answer today is probably a lot different than what I would have said in the early years of my marriage.

Back then, had my hubby cheated on me, that would have been it. I would have walked out and not looked back -- trust, as I've told my children, is actually more important than love -- and far more difficult to get back. I also would have walked out had he physically or verbally abused me.

Today, though, my thoughts are different. I'm far more understanding that sometimes things -- awful things -- happen in marriages. People stray -- and then they come home. It's not that I would be okay with it -- far from it -- and it would take a whole lot of work to fix it -- but I've invested too many years, with this man, to walk away without a fight. There are children to consider (though they are pretty much grown) and, honestly, there would be a huge financial consideration as well. Though I chose to stay home with my children, it's meant that I've been out of the work force for nearly 25 years -- I'm not at all sure I could support myself these days on a starting salary.

However, I don't think I could hang around if I were being abused on any level. I'd have to find a way to get by if that was the case. Maybe move in with my mother.

Was that a cold chill passing through my body?

Anyway, I'm not sure what else I absolutely wouldn't do. I want to say I wouldn't break the law but I've learned to never say never -- and faced with a crisis or some great need -- especially concerning a loved one -- a lot of people react differently than they thought they would. And do things they never thought themselves capable.

I guess, in answer to the question -- since I'm not sure I've really answered it -- I'd have to say, I wouldn't do anything which was preceded by this line:

If you really loved me, you'd _____ (fill in the blank).

Nope. Not playing that game. If you really loved me, you'd never say that anyway.


  1. You obviously watched American Idol! lol!

  2. Oh, did they use that song? I haven't watched this week's episodes yes -- haven't even checked to see which 3 made it yet -- Carrie's had too much homework to watch!