A couple of weeks ago, it was revealed that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper were getting a divorce. They met during his senior year of high school, got married 5 years later, and had just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in May. They have 4 adult children, and 3 grandchildren.
So far, both claim that this is “a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.” Friends said that there were no scandals or affairs involved, that they just “grew apart.” Really? That’s it?!?
Since then, there has been a rumor of Al cheating, which he denies, but I almost hope it’s true. I mean, @ least then it would make sense. Otherwise, why the heck would you get divorced after 40 years?!? 40 YEARS!
I mean, I’m no hopeless romantic or anything, I know that sometimes divorce is the best option for a couple but, dang, if that can’t stick together after 40 years, what chance does anyone else have? It’s actually kind of depressing to think about.
So far, this year, 3 of my married friends on Facebook have announced that they’re getting divorced, but I don’t think any of them have even passed the 10 year mark yet. So, while tragic, @ least it’s a little more understandable. If a marriage is not working, it’s probably best to separate, hopefully on good terms if there are children involved, and try to move on. But after 40 years you’d think they’ve already been through every marital crisis that you can imagine. So why get divorced?
First, how do you let yourself “grow apart” after that long? Sure, I know people change as they get older, but how much changing could they have done in the last few years that led to this? They’re rich. Can’t they go on a world cruise or something, and try to rekindle the old flame?
And even if that doesn’t work, still, I’d say, let’s just stay together anyway. He’s 62, she’s 61, do they really want to start over now? Especially since they say that nothing bad has happened? Fine, so they maybe they don’t get butterflies in their stomachs when they see each other anymore, and they’re not having wild passionate hot sweaty sex now (though it’s hard to imagine that Al Gore ever did have wild passionate hot sweaty sex with anyone), but if they really still like each other, then they should just stay together out of habit.
What’s the harm? They got a huge mansion. One of them can take the first two floors, the other can take the two top floors. They came and go as they please, meet each other for breakfast and dinner if they feel like it. And whenever they have a public event to go to, they can hold hands and pretend everything’s normal. Who would know the difference? They’ll basically be roommates. Heck, isn’t that how all long-term marriages end up anyway? 10 years from now, they’ll probably be too broken down to do much anyway, so might as well just stick it out, for old times sake.