D.I.V.O.R.C.E

I suppose it was inevitable. First we had the ‘marriages’ swiftly followed by the ‘divorces’.  I was recently catching up on Faceache and up popped an advert for civil partnership divorce on my side bar. Far be it for me to suggest that unhappy couples should stay together for the sake of the overpriced loft conversion or to save the breakup of the matching Louis Vuitton luggage set. Divorce is a fact of modern life (though I read rates are dropping as couples marry later and stay together longer). Over the last century, falling mortality rates have completely altered the concept of ‘til death us do part. In 1912, life expectancy for men was only around 52 and for women, around 55. Even though women could expect to live a little longer, some still died in child birth and second marriages for widowers were usual. Today, life expectancy has soared to 78 for men and 83 for women. Saying ‘I do’ at 23 and still feeling the love 60 years later? What are the odds? Or am I being a tad cynical?

Back to the advert. As Faceache knows everything there is to know about my vices and habits, from my inside leg measurement (barely functioning) and taste in men (breathing) to my favourite fragrance (Charlie) and my tipple of choice (meths), I assume they match their ads to my consumer profile. Is there something I’m not being told?

Cue Tammy Wynette. Liam’s seen her singing D.I.V.O.R.C.E in concert. Twice. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, “To see Tammy Wynette once, Mr Brennan, might be considered a misfortune. To see her twice looks like carelessness.” Love that hair, though.

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20 thoughts on “D.I.V.O.R.C.E

  1. All good things must come to an end, they say. As I am my third (official) marriage (third time lucky, I do believe) I was obviously willing to try again – but I am sure civil partnerships are just as likely to founder on the rocks of boredom, age or whatever. I think I’m fortunate! But…c’est la vie!

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  2. I hate the way the internet “big brother” knows so much about us. Although I do wonder why I keep getting emails offering me high quality cigars.
    I don’t suppose I’m alone in thinking that staying in love with the same person for 60 odd years seems unlikely. But then, I am on my third marriage so I suppose I would say that.

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  3. My facebook adverts all run along the lines of “click this advert to find out how Lorraine (mother of 16) lost 2 and a half stone in just two minutes!”
    Unlike yahoo which continually batters me for something called “Viagra Cialis” – presumably because I live near Calis and occasionally search for things / places there.

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  4. Heart rendering poor little Joe… I think big brother has an eye on all of us to direct advertising to the right people. I don’t like to think much further than that as paranoia sets in.

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    1. I prefer to think we just get better at it. As for the death of anonymity. The future is upon us. What’s frightening is that faceless corporations know more about me than I do about my neighbours. It’s depressing.

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  5. i was always of the view point that divorce comes too easy these days and i wonder what ever happened to getting to KNOW yer parnter first before saying i do? i have a cousin that dated her husband for 10 years before they took a trip down the isle and they are stil married and happy!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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