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This was my first reunion with the ladies. It was also the first time I had seen them in months and it was a rollercoaster ride, much of it was unexpected and surreal. Going in, I was excited and wanted to stay upbeat, but it was hard to witness all the struggles.
Additionally, unbeknownst to me, the reunion is when the claws come out. Though this portion was focused on interpersonal issues, Meghan didn’t have any difficulty attacking Lydia’s faith. There are some topics that are off limits and another person’s faith should be one of them. Why would you dare attack someone’s faith? Lydia was clear and stated that she does feel uncomfortable around psychics and though she was courteous to Meghan’s friends, I don’t understand why Meghan can say, “I think that you should use your brain and not have the Bible tell you what is right and wrong all the time.” Meghan, the same could be said of you...why do you listen to others (e.g. psychics) and not examine situations by your own means? Why do you need the help of others and heed their advice? People’s faith is a big no-no!
Regardless, even with everything else going on, divorce seems to be a mainstay in this episode. Perhaps that was the cause of the underlying wave of emotions that were present.
A marriage of 22 years has multiple ups and downs, difficult days, and stresses that will break you if you don’t work at them. Sure, we have the extravagances of life with all the cars and glamour, but at the end, it’s all about family. Thank goodness that Diko and I have made it so far. We have been blessed with an amazing support system and people who pour out wise advice. Looking back, there were struggles and not every conflict is easily resolved, but I’m thankful for what we have.
I cannot imagine the pain that Kelly and Shannon are going through presently and I could see the anguish on their faces at losing their life partners. Shannon was quite open with her description about what viewers saw or didn’t see in her relationship with David. Her vulnerability about her tumultuous life and grappling with personal stresses shows me a side of herself that I didn’t know. Nobody wants to experience divorce and split up a family. Nobody wants to cause pain to their loved ones and make them witness the break-up, but it does happen. I was taken aback by Shannon’s separation but was pleased that she and David would be amicable for the children’s sake. Vicki and Tamra were sound in their advice to Shannon and Kelly, their experiences contained many lessons from which the others can learn.
Our hearts were left saddened by the news of all this division, but that ain’t nothin’ compared to what’s coming up.
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