As one woman allows her husband a 'time out' from their marriage, we ask is she brave or just a doormat?
When Laura Munson’s husband told her that he didn’t love her any more and wanted out, she simply decided she wouldn’t let him go.
He said, ‘I don’t love you any more. I’m not sure I ever did. I’m moving out. The kids will understand. They’ll want me to be happy.’
What is the normal reaction to this kind of announcement? You can sob and wail and get down on your knees and beg. Alternatively, you can pick up the meat cleaver and, when the car skids off down the driveway, cut the crotch out of all his suits. But Munson did none of these things.
She said, ‘I don’t buy it.’ When her husband wanted to move out, she asked him, ‘What can we do to give you the distance you need, without hurting the family?’ and then actually gave him that space.
America is gripped by the story and Munson’s book, ‘This Is Not The Story You Think It Is… A Season Of Unlikely Happiness,’ is now a publishing phenomenon across the pond.
That summer, instead of moving out, Munson’s husband did what she asked and took ‘time off‘ – he came home late, if at all. He wouldn’t call. When he was at home, he was distant, making zero eye contact except for occasional moments when he desired intimacy. But eventually he came round to staying and they are back together.
Do you admire her unusual actions in the face of a marital crisis? Would you be able to allow your partner or husband that kind of unrestricted freedom?
Or is she simply a desperate figure, allowing her husband to walk all over her and effectively do what he likes in order to keep him?
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