From the Author
The first time I read the column, the wife immediately had my sympathy. Her husband didn't make an effort to remember her birthday and their anniversary; he belittled her in front of their friends by telling jokes at her expense; he spent weekends either golfing or napping instead of participating in activities with her and their children. No wonder their marriage was in trouble! But then I read his side. She'd plunged them into debt by spending more than he was earning. Although she didn't work, their house was a dirty, disorderly mess. When he'd married her, she was slender. Now she was grossly overweight and unappealing. It was a eureka moment! For the first time, I vividly saw two sides to the same story.
Years later an image of three middle-aged adults sitting at a dinner table, an attractive married couple and an unmarried man, popped into my mind. The husband was asking the man what his intentions were, and the fellow replied,"I intend to marry your wife." The image was a gift, and I had to run with it. From what I learned years ago, it seemed right that Buddy and Ginger Middleton should each be able to tell their side of the story.