Top 10 Reasons Iâ€™ll Probably Never Re-Marry
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Burn.
My neighbor is getting remarried. To a man sheâ€™s known casually for years.
One day, they ran into each other in a store and chatted for a few minutes. Then they looked at each other, really looked at each other, and both went â€œWowâ€”this is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.â€
They went out together that week for the first time, and within a month were talking about getting married and starting a family together. For both, it was like a light dawning, that sud- den bright flash of knowledge that theyâ€™d found another of their kind.
â€œYou just wait,â€ she tells me. â€œYouâ€™ll be going about your business and one day, wham, love will hit you between the eyes. Right when you least expect it.â€
Me, Iâ€™m not so sure. I wonâ€™t rule out ever marrying again, but there are 10 reasons Iâ€™m shy about the likelihood of it,
10 incidences that make me uncertain of stepping out onto thin ice again.
10. â€œYou donâ€™t have to ask my permission to go somewhere. Weâ€™re equal in this marriage.â€ Then, a few hours later, â€œWhere do you think youâ€™re going? Iâ€™m not invited? Youâ€™re excluding me!â€
9. â€œI married you to save you from yourself.â€
8. â€œI pulled one over on your mom.â€
7. The silence. Or maybe the glare. Or both, when disapproving.
6. â€œYouâ€™d be a horrible mother.â€
5. Said with my two-year-old in his arms after I refused to do something he wanted: â€œYouâ€™re weird.â€
4. Shortly before hurting me: â€œI would never hurt you.â€
3. â€œReligion? You donâ€™t have a religionâ€”you have a cult!â€
2. After hearing me excitedly tell the plot of my new novel: â€œWho would ever want to read that?â€
And maybe the most devastating, simply because of the timing and the way I felt about being in loveâ€¦
1. â€¦on our wedding night, a whopping two seconds before the first sex of our married life together: â€œI finally made an honest woman of you.â€
But for all those reasons, thereâ€™s one reason why I might one day Â remarry: I still somehow believe in the possibility of love and that it can be blended with respect, trust, and compassion, and that when I least expect it and from whatever corner I least expect, it can sneak up and surprise me.