We were finished with lunch (which was delicious) and talking and his uncle starts talking men and how they are biologically programmed after their wife gets older to trade her in for a younger woman. (As he sits next to his wife of 25 years who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer). This is just what happens to a man because he is a man. I said something about how it messes with the mind of the woman who that happens to.
He then goes on to say that really marriage is just a man made institution anyway. Mind you he is a good practicing member of his church. I said marriage is an ordinance that is ordained of God and vows are made before God that they are sacred. I said something about the fact that vows are made before God and should be honored. He wanted to know where I'd heard that? Well my church teaches this as do many others. Especially the one he belongs to. To which he then says marriage is about honor and commitment and loyalty. By then I was getting tearful and said there has to be integrity in the marriage so a man doesn't go out looking for a better younger person just because his wife is older.
It was awkward and my tears made him uncomfortable something that I don't care about. Isn't this part of the problem that we here on SI are experiencing that so many people believe that a marriage partner can just be traded in for someone younger or whatever excuse is used to justify infidelity?
So are they then to be given a pass just because they are men and this "just happens" to them. Marriage and commitment and loyalty and integrity to each other are part of the vows taken and shouldn't be considered so lightly expendable.
When I left he did apologize that he made me cry. I would like to hope that somehow something I said made him think that that thinking is all wrong. However, I'm not deluding myself that he "heard" me. I'm just glad I said what I felt needed to be said.
I don't think it helped that I'm closing in on dday and so many things right now are triggers for me.
Happy Independence Day! I think I'm going to take myself out to watch fireworks tonight. Just because I want to.
Marriage is a lifelong commitment you make to one another. When you're tired, when you have grown ugly, when your hair falls out. In sickness, in health, til death do you part. I feel really bad for that guy's wife. I'm also sorry you had to sit there and listen to it.
We accept the love we think we deserve. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
That idiot sounds like he is simply trying to set the foundation for his own infidelity...
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet
good for you for saying what you needed to say. ((hugs)) for his wife. I sure hope she finds SI when she needs to.
Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than, less than perfect
I remember so well the absolute disgust I felt when a guy much older than me put the moves on me because "My wife just had a mastectomy and she is going through chemo." Ughhhhhh! I was SO ANGRY and let him have an earful. How dare he! Maybe I am touchy because my aunt, one of the kindest, most beautiful women on the planet was told by her husband that he didn't know if he could be married to an incomplete woman. She told him to please go, since she couldn't coddle him when she was looking at the fight for her life. He left, she lived another 40 years and they were probably the happiest ever in her life.
I just don't get this way of thinking.
Maybe I should have gone looking for someone younger or with a full head of hair when my husband got bald. After all, he wasn't who he had been.. JUST GRRRRRR!
This guy sounds like a class A douche nozzle.
Yep, that pretty much sums it up..
If men were "biologically programmed" that way then everyone would be cheating, and that simply is not the case. That is just an excuse for a lack of personal integrity.
This too.. What a complete asshole to speak like that at all, but in front of his wife is beyond horrid..
I'm glad you stuck up for yourself and didn't go along with that load of bullshit. I doubt you made a difference in him either, but just maybe..
Hope you saw some good fireworks tonight!
That pre-programmed crap is bullshit. I can orgasm 20 times in one day - easily. They are pre-programmed to only be able to do it once, MAYBE a few more but nowhere near as many as me.
Does that mean I am pre-programmed to have sex with 20 different men a day?
In any event its not the marriage certificate that anyone should be honouring - it is their integrity, morals, values and commitment they should be honouring.
It is not dishonourable to divorce someone because you fell out of love with them. It is dishonourable to betray yourself and them.
They don't cheat because they fell out of love with us - they cheat because they are incapable of true intimacy - they do not know how to love.
Man or woman - they cheat for the same reasons. Sure, they use different self-talk to justify it to themselves but the root issue is the same. They are broken, damaged people wreaking havoc on themselves and those supposedly 'love'.
Trading in for a younger model does not fix the problem. Changing the players does not change the game.