Mark: Oh my goodness. What is it now? Another jewelry commercial? We have got to figure out how to block those things…
Marie: No, it’s…it’s…it’s Jon and Kate… sob… they’re getting a…a…divorce. Wahhh!
Mark: Who are Jon and Kate??
Marie: You obviously need to stand in more lines at the grocery store…
As I’m sure you’ve heard, Jon and Kate are getting divorced. I had promised myself that I wouldn’t watch any episodes this season because watching was basically voting for the show to stay on the air. But then they had that big announcement and I really, really wanted to know. And I really, really wanted it to be that they were going to get counseling.
I quickly realized there wouldn’t be any reconciliation and I started sobbing. I’m not sure if it’s being married, or being married to someone who has gone through a divorce, or just being an overly sensitive human being, but my heart breaks when I hear about couples getting divorced. Even reality show stars with lots of bad communication skills.
I look at Jon and part of me wants to call him a douche because he is acting pretty nonchalant about the whole thing (“I’m only 32” and “excited” about the future). But then I think about how they got here. How often he was put down or disregarded by Kate, and I do understand that his heart has hardened. I understand that he had to build that wall in order to stop the pain. And I start crying for him.
And then I look at Kate and think, well, you kinda brought this upon yourself. You’re pretty mean and bossy. But then I remember that Jon never said she was mean and bossy, so how was she to know that she had “crossed the line”? And when she finally finds out that Jon’s pissed she also finds out that he’s done. I really think that, in a lot of ways, she has been blindsided by this divorce. And I start crying for her.
And then those kids. Oh my goodness. ALL those cute, sweet, “Be quiet, I’m doing an interview!” kids. They seemed so unaware on the show last night. But how could you really care about the end of your parents’ marriage when you were getting those super cool Crooked Houses built for you, right? I remember any fight that my parents had that made me think they might actually get divorced and how absolutely terrified I would become. And I cry for them.
There are monumental levels of pain going on for them and it’s just so terribly sad.