This is a "bang head on kitchen table" moment:

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Reading the paper and eating my breakfast this morning, I came across an article about the "Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston breakup." Good heavens, I thought, what can there possibly be to say that would take up 1/4 of a page in the NEWSPAPER? I mean, People Magazine, The National Enquirer, The Star, etc, etc, etc, sure. They're full of nothing else. But the Startlegram????

So, against my better judgement, I read the article. And the snorting began:

How could they do this to us?

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston left countless admirers feeling dumped when they announced last weekend that they were breaking up.

"I can't tell you how many people have said to me, 'If they can't make it, who can?'" said Ken Baker, West Coast executive editor for Us Weekly magazine, speaking by phone Monday from Los Angeles.

You don't need to have been at the wedding in 2000 to feel jilted.

"It's kind of depressing; I'm a single girl myself, and it's like there's no hope," says Michelle Biggs, who lives in Sacramento and is 35, the same age as Aniston. "I was hoping it would turn out to be forever."

Now, let's see, If they can't make it, who can?, hmmmmm. Let's see. My mom and dad. My grandparents. My aunt and uncle. My cousin and her husband. Alice and Bill. Me and PapaC. Just to name a few.

Wait. We don't count????

Oh, that's right. We're not rich, famous, thin and beautiful and on the cover of every magazine. We don't count.

And poor, poor Michelle: "It's like there's no hope." Well, dang, I guess you're right. If Brad and Jennifer are on the outs, marriage as an institution must be on its last legs.


Too much could be said. Too little charity to say it with.


You are right on!
All we know about Jennifer and Brad is that they are good looking and wealthy.

These are two qualities that have very little or nothing to do with a successful, life-long marriage. And neither does being ugly and poor for that matter.

I remember hearing Jennifer saying some very bohemian comment about 'as long as it lasts and as long as we're in love and I don't know if we are meant for just one person...'
There we get a glimps (how on earth do you spell that word?) of her idea of marriage.

We are a country of very shallow folks.


"If they can't make it who can?"

I'm STILL laughing over that one. Out of kindness I will comment no further on poor Ms. Biggs.

Amen Mama! I was chortling when I read this. You just can't make stuff like that up. I guess I'm one of the few Americans who was impressed the marriage lasted four years.

Dear Mama T,

Thanks so much for the morning laugh. What a great way to start the day. You are so right.

Gee, if that bozo on survivor can't make it, what chance do I have?

Welcome to surreality. No, make that subreality.



TSO, is that really real?????

That's so much worse than my newspaper.

Banging head on desk......

I should remember that celebrities are people too, but even where there are no obvious obstacles to validity, I honestly have trouble not rolling my eyes at the news of many of the more famous ones getting "married." Would any of us who read or write this blog want to be Jennifer Lopez, for all her millions and her admiring strangers? I feel sorry for her and imagine she must be pretty unhappy. And the funny thing is I think the kind of people who read here would know I'm not saying that to disguise envy, however fat and middle-class I may be.

Watch your head (and spare the table!) :)

I guess all the twaddle points to how little many people know or think of marriage. The whole thing is sad, but it certainly doesn't shake my belief in marriage (But it is a good indicator of wealth, lavish weddings and $10 million homes as indicators of marital bliss.) I did chortle a bit over the saccharin reports of their amicable vacation together before announcing their split. Mr. V. and I often can't plan a trip to Wal-Mart without getting in a squabble, yet we are still married (27 years this June!) :)



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