sadness of strangers

I was walking with a group of teenage girls, down by the water on a beautiful spring day, when a man walked by holding hands with two adorable tiny little kids, one on each side of him.

He was tenderly but matter of factly stating the new program.

That is right, some days you will be staying with mommy and some days with daddy.

These teenagers all said,  Awwww that is the saddest thing I have ever heard.

To that I could not help but say

Mommy and Daddy are going to stay together forever, there will be pots and pans flying, long strained silences, slamming doors, no affection and separate rooms

They all agreed that did not sound better

But quietly I felt that what the man was saying to those children was the saddest thing I have heard in a while.

You can be divorced a long time and still find each spilt, even that of strangers, very very  sad.


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