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"... because they can't afford to get divorced."  :o

Said to me by a single woman, at a party where 3 married couples, including the hosts, were present, as well as a few assorted people. Within earshot of an 8-year-old, whose parents are, of course, married.

I couldn't even think of anything to say.

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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010, 09:07:08 AM »
Wow.  That is just...  No words.

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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 09:14:20 AM »
"Wow, that's a cynical enough view of marriage for 10 people!"

Or, more rudely....no, I wont go there, it's just too trite, and really not nice. 

I would have laughed as if she said something ridiculous "You cant possibly believe that?!"  "[her answer here]"  "oh...{wide eyed expression that makes it clear you think she's crazy}well, then, on to more pleasant topics! [insert topic change here]"
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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010, 09:15:52 AM »
I... she... wha?!?!  :o :o :o :o
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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2010, 09:23:18 AM »
Wow.   :o  The only possible explanation I can think of is that she is herself divorced and wants to make herself feel better about it or something?  ???  I don't think I'd be able to think of anything to say to that either.
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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2010, 09:26:20 AM »
How does that even make sense?
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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2010, 09:39:57 AM »
Wow.    :o  I am having a hard time thinking how to reply politely to that comment.

Of course, I am wondering what her opinion is of people who have been married 30+ years (like my parents) or 60+ years (like my grandparents). >:D
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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2010, 09:43:54 AM »
"oh...{wide eyed expression that makes it clear you think she's crazy}well, then, on to more pleasant topics! [insert topic change here]"

This part there is what I did. My eyes bugged out, and I said that the cheese was just delicious.

Wow.   :o  The only possible explanation I can think of is that she is herself divorced and wants to make herself feel better about it or something?  ???  I don't think I'd be able to think of anything to say to that either.

I thought of the same thing, but I asked a friend later, she's never been married (the rude line sayer). Her parents are divorced though.

The word she said was actually even worse than low-class, it was closer to "redneck". It is very declassé to not have multiple divorces, it seems.  ::)


Wow.    :o  I am having a hard time thinking how to reply politely to that comment.

Of course, I am wondering what her opinion is of people who have been married 30+ years (like my parents) or 60+ years (like my grandparents). >:D

They are clearly poor people. Possibly country people as well.  ::)

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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2010, 09:54:22 AM »
The word she said was actually even worse than low-class, it was closer to "redneck". It is very declassé to not have multiple divorces, it seems.  ::)


Wow.    :o  I am having a hard time thinking how to reply politely to that comment.

Of course, I am wondering what her opinion is of people who have been married 30+ years (like my parents) or 60+ years (like my grandparents). >:D

They are clearly poor people. Possibly country people as well.  ::)

Which is hilarious, as my family are country people, and we have more than a few self-proclaimed rednecks in the family (who have all been married more than 10 years, oddly enough).  Guess I need to stay away from those city fellers with their high-falutin' ideas.  ;)

Seriously, good job on not commenting on this.  Even though you were gob-smacked, I think not commenting was probably the politest response that did not start an argument.
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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2010, 09:57:08 AM »

Seriously, good job on not commenting on this.  Even though you were gob-smacked, I think not commenting was probably the politest response that did not start an argument.

All that flashed through my mind was the E-Hell commandment: Do Not Engage The Crazy.

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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2010, 10:26:48 AM »
Only 10 years per couple? Between my siblings and me, there are more than 90 years of marriage! Add in my niece and nephew, make that 100 years!

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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2010, 10:38:51 AM »
Thell that to The Queen and Prince Phillip  ;)
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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2010, 10:39:50 AM »
It was this Sunday, so lunacy may have been involved.

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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2010, 10:41:22 AM »
That's one way to make yourself feel better about your inability to stay in a long-term relationship...
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Re: "Only low-class people stay married more than 10 years these days..."
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2010, 10:41:55 AM »
That attitude is actually rather sad.  I'm in my second marriage, and it rather makes me sad that he and I aren't likely to make 50 years due to our ages.  Many of our relatives and friends have been married 20+ years, and I'm a little envious of them.