You may have been seeing more of Jenny Sanford, Governor Mark “Appalachian Trail” Sanford’s soon-to-be-ex wife, because she’s doing a lot of publicity in promotion of her new memoir, Staying True. As I’ve written before, I like Jenny Sanford. I respect the way she has handled herself, for the most part, with grace and dignity. However, with the release of this book and a seeming rush to capitalize on her family’s breakup, she’s beginning to lose me as a fan. She was on The Daily Show last night, and it wasn’t just Jon Stewart who was uncomfortable (If anyone can tell me how to embed video from TDS on my WordPress blog, let me know. Copying and pasting the embed code doesn’t work). Stewart is a divorced kid, like me, and his joke about how after his parents’ divorce, his mom “only said bad things about my dad on the radio, not national TV” rang true for me. Continue reading “Jon Stewart and I are both uncomfortable”
I’m about to write something that may seem a little radical to many I know. So consider yourself warned.
On the one hand, the whole world has Jon & Kate + 8 fever, and it seems that their big announcement tonight is that they’re getting divorced, as People Magazine reports that papers have already been filed in Pennsylvania. I firmly believe that being on TV is not a good thing for families, but I don’t think it’s just the quest for the spotlight that doomed this family. Even from early episodes, it was apparent from the way they spoke to each other that Jon and Kate did not respect each other. And though Kate often goes on church speaking tours, I did not see a lot of Christian love and grace between them. Of course I’m just an armchair quarterback, but I calls ’em like I sees ’em.
And so, I’m faced with a sort of bipolar response to this, as a committed, happily married woman, and also as a child of divorce. You see, I believe that divorce is sad and tragic and to be avoided whenever possible. MY Jon and I both agree that it is simply not on the table for us. Based on the experiences of family and friends, I do believe that any marriage can be healed with love and grace by the power of God.