Generation X, Less Happy, Why?
Nowadays divorce is so common it's hard for people to try hard, fight through
their problems and make a marriage last when there's such an easy way out, divorce.
Marriages of earlier generations were sometimes happier, because divorce wasn't the
immediate anecdote to family or marital problems. I come to this conclusion from hearing
about my moms childhood.
My grandparents have stayed together to this day regardless of their problems
which made my moms childhood happier. One incident which illuminates my moms
childhood being happier is when my grandpa had to take care of the kids because my
grandmother was in the hospital. It was great for my mom to have her own father take
care of them instead of being left with an aunt or a close family friend.
My grandmother was told she'd be in the hospital for a couple of weeks , it ended
up being three. This was the first time she was separated from her children, and the first
time my grandpa, the businessman, had to take care of the house and kids. All the
household duties changed and it was hectic, my grandpa had to take on the mother role.
He had to make breakfast for the kids, pack their lunches, go grocery shopping, help with
homework and take the kids to school. My mom who was only nine was the only girl so
they made her make the beds and clear the table. Those three weeks were hell, for all of
them. For my grandpa it was difficult to take care of everything and work over forty
hours a week. For the children it was hard to be separated from mom. All my
grandmother did was worry the whole time about the kids, the house and my grandpa
probably having a nervous breakdown.
It was very difficult, but this incident brought all of them closer, in a way. My
grandmother missed her family as much as they missed her. My mom and uncles also
became a lot closer to my grandfather. Overall this experience showed my grandparents
how much they loved, missed, and needed each other but it was better when they handled
things together and then they knew they made the right decision by staying together. This
experience, in a way, showed them what it would be like if they were divorced or
separated, lonely, sad, and very unpleasant. Maybe divorce wouldn't have been as bad as
they thought but I'm glad they thought that way for my moms sake and my own. It may
be naive but in the end it opened their eyes and my mom thinks her childhood was happier
because of it, and I believe her.
In conclusion, earlier generations may have thought divorce was a crime and may
not have known as much as we do but if they were happier like that maybe we should have
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