If you've ever gone through a divorce, you know that things don't always turn out as well as they should. Sometimes, it can get messy and the pain can linger for many years.
It's tough on everyone involved, including the man and woman who are now separated, as well as any children in the marriage. It can be challenging to be civil during these difficult times.
However, there are moments when a marriage ends in a friendly way. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's really something worth thinking about and maybe even emulating. If you can demonstrate that kind of respect, it can bring peace to the family.
This story is about a man who divorced his ex-wife 28 years ago. Despite their separation, he continues to visit her and mow her lawn.
"This is my dad, mowing my mom's lawn. They've been divorced 28 years. My mom has bad knees, and my step dad works out of town."
When my younger siblings asked. "Why is your dad mowing moms lawn?" I answered "Because, She needed help, and he knew she couldn't get out here to do it, so he did."
This is what co-parenting looks like. I consider myself fortunate to have four parents who genuinely respect each other.
They understand that, ultimately, the most important thing is teaching their children, even when they're 32 years old, how to treat others and love their family, regardless of how it was formed.
Update: My dad finds it amusing how many people have viewed this. He wants to make it clear that he's not claiming to be a saint.
His intention is simply to demonstrate to others that it's not necessary to behave like a perfect, saintly figure, especially during Lent, but rather to choose kindness whenever possible.
Despite no longer living together, he kindly did her a favor while he was on vacation. The girl's parents have always maintained an agreement to act like adults and treat each other with compassion and respect, despite their divorce.
Both the mother and father of the girl have since remarried, yet she continues to hold them in high regard and deeply respects all four of her parents for their successful co-parenting efforts.