Thursday, March 09, 2006

The most underwhelming expression of committment I've ever read

Marriages between heterosexual women and homosexual men was the topic in a story that appeared in the New York Times. The Times article ended with a vignette of a couple married for 34 years. The husband is homosexual though he loves his wife and they have a 25-year-old son.

What made me almost choke with ... I don't want to say laughter ... yeah, it was laughter. The husband had cared for his wife during her four-month bout with cancer from which she fully recovered. She said, "It's not easy, but I truly do love him." The Times apparently wanted to close its feature story with an example of the level of committment this man feels for this woman even though he's really homosexual. But the denoument instead wins the prize for Most Underwhelming Expression of Committment I've Ever Read:
"I am totally committed on all levels to Paulette. I felt so intimate with her when I was caring for her during her cancer treatments — to me, that's a stronger expression of love than whether I'm having anonymous sex with a man."

Yes, there are more important things to worry about in the world. But we human beings still compare ourselves to others and derive, maybe not pleasure, but schadenfreude from reading things like this.

Can you imagine this guy's expression of intimacy appearing on his wife's tombstone?

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