I recently found myself bragging about my marriage to a friend at a party. Actually, it was a “mutual bragging” as we shared about our spouses and the qualities we valued in our marriages.
At one point, I nudged my friend and jokingly said, “Yeah, next year we’ll hear the other is getting a divorce!” We both laughed! You know the laugh – “Ha ha ha! That would never happen! Never!” But my joking comment begged the question,
Being a fairly rambunctious boy in Junior High, I got into trouble one day during lunch and was ordered by a teacher to sit down for the remainder of the lunch period. In frustration, I said, “That sucks!” The teacher, having thought she heard a different word, proceeded to take me to the principal’s office. I recall being very upset because I was getting into trouble for something she misinterpreted. In my couples counseling practice in Newport Beach,