The Formerly Abused Woman’s Guide to Keeping Other Women From Marrying Badly

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Since this divorce business, I’ve learned to hate stuff. Once upon a time, I was way too nice to hate anything which might  account for thirty years of taking crap. Nowadays I hate abuse, I hate seeing people mistreated, I hate lies, I hate deception, I hate all sorts of things that never once rustled my previous jimmies.

So in the spirit of new leaves turned over and such, one of the things I hate with a righteous passion are those stupid, sappy posts that start with “10 Ways to Love Your Spouse” or “25 Ways to Divorce-Proof your Marriage” or “A Bagillion and One Ways to be the Godliest Wife on the Planet .”

Really people?

So you don’t love your spouse?  Not a clue that divorce-proofing is impossible because nobody can force anyone to honor the marriage covenant? No idea that being a Godly wife means loving God first, then letting  hubby enjoy some of that yummy fruit that grows all natural-like? Honest to goodness, how hard is this?

So since I’m annoyed, here’s another list, just for grins.

Five Ways to Avoid Spending Decades Trying To Figure Out What Hit You

1. Marry a normal person. You do not need to hang out in a tower somewhere waiting for Prince Awesome or Mr. Darcy or Mr. Godly Christian Man that meets all two hundred and fifty-seven of the ideal traits scribbled out in your diary at age fourteen. Just take my word on this one—scrap the list, marry a Normal.

Normals are relatively reasonable folks willing to give and take. They do stupid stuff stupidly at inconvenient times. You may want to bop them on occasion which is generally a bad idea. But you can work with Normal

2. Make sure the Normal you pick loves God, loves you, and likes your family. Oh, and make sure you like them enough to have sex with them a lot because I’ve heard that stuff is fun and you’ll want to have fun if you bother getting married.

3.  If you do not know the difference between a Normal and a Terminal Taker, you don’t need to get married in the first place. And the corollary: If you’re already married without knowing the difference, you probably married an abuser. Because people are dumb like that.

4. Make sure the Normal you marry likes women. While this should go without saying, it doesn’t so someone should and that will be me and the hundreds of others who married outside the bounds of normalcy. Pinups, porn stars and fantasy-type creatures with female naughty bits are not women. They are images of imaginary women without freckles, flaws and cellulite and do not count.

And the flip-side: You cannot be the only woman they like. “You’re different” or “you’re nothing like the others” means you’ll be just exactly like the others as soon as the lipgloss wears off.

5. If you realize you are dating an Abusiver/ Taker, DO NOT MARRY THEM. Even if you’re a good little girl and they’ve seen you nekkid,  back away, button your blouse and don’t marry them.  If you’re afraid to make them angry, please Dear-God-in-Heaven-Above, do not marry them! Get out, get help and don’t pull a Lot’s wife. Don’t be  afraid you might damage their fragile self-esteem, or hurt their view of all woman-kind, or dent their delicate little psyche. Believe me, their self-esteem is mighty fine, they already dislike women (and as soon as they figure out you are one, they’ll dislike you most) and their psyche is already dented.

One of these days, I may post my list of  20+ Tips for a Happy Marriage Full of Joy and Stuff just for fun.  I mean really– how hard is it to tell everyone how to be happily married when you’re–oh, I don’t know–happy?  Some of us thought we were getting married and wound up in a war. We earned our stripes the hard way, dadgumit.

Anyone gets to lecture the troops, it ought to be a veteran.

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21 responses »

    • So annoying. Some of the lamest stuff ever are those tiny marriage quotes everyone reposts on FB. Its like wanting peppermints and finding out your sucking on rocks instead.

  1. I think I’ll start posting THIS stuff on facebook. Just found your blog, Ida Mae. Love it and you automatically…you’re telling my story and I’m grateful. There’s a lot of us, aren’t there? Thanks.
    Julia

  2. Three thumbs up – if that’s even possible!!! I LOVE this!! Those dang articles make me sick as well. Yours is MUCH better!!!

    P.S. I am not even sure I would recognize a “normal” man if I met one, so I won’t be choosing another marriage partner anytime soon.

  3. I’m so glad you’re back, Ida Mae!!

    And a FREE, happy woman, no less!

    I might have a few suggestions to add to your list…. I’ll get back to you on that!

    From another “Veteran”,

    Renee

  4. I’m licking my lips again at your words, Ida Mae, oh I know yu have your real name but this is you blog name and i like it too!

    I just love the way you write! So glad you are on air again. Sharing on FB.

  5. Y’know. Now when I see someone posting those links all the time, I only think … “hmm … I wonder how bad it is?” Because, you know, they’re so very interested in fixing SOMETHING.

  6. Oh, you are too funny, Ida Mae! Right on target, totally hilarious!

    You are so right! Everytime I see one of those “10 ways to divorce-proof your marriage” posts, books, or seminars, I think, “If you really think that’s possible you need a different seminar to explain why it’s not.” Plus, since when is marriage about preventing divorce? Isn’t it supposed to be about loving, honoring and cherishing each other while ministering to others? If someone’s highest hope for their marriage is to not get divorced, their aspirations are way too low!

  7. Spot on Ida. I also cringe every time I read those divorce proofing a marriage ways. Maybe because they have never been abused. There is nothing like “walking in another’s shoes” to make this “fairy like” thinking make a 360 degree turn. You have a way of writing that’s refreshing and funny yet true.

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  9. Oh how I wish I had this advice!!!:

    ” If you’re afraid to make them angry, please Dear-God-in-Heaven-Above, do not marry them! Get out, get help and don’t pull a Lot’s wife. Don’t be  afraid you might damage their fragile self-esteem, or hurt their view of all woman-kind, or dent their delicate little psyche. Believe me, their self-esteem is mighty fine, they already dislike women (and as soon as they figure out you are one, they’ll dislike you most) and their psyche is already dented.”

    The whole blog is spot on!

  10. I would love to hear something from your kids… if they learned how to have a sense of humor and get resilient.. (assuming you have kids) I am trying to help my kids deal with living with the ex half the time.

    • That may happen at some point. My oldest is a writer and she is definitely resilient and has a wicked sense of humor. As children, they suffered and it still breaks my heart thinking about it.

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