We had a major marriage-related drama in our house today that wore on the whole day, and I'm guessing it will resume tomorrow, because no amicable resolution was reached. No, I'm obviously not talking about my own marriage.
Miriam (3), who has been pretending to be John's (5) wife for the last year and half, today decided she wants to be married to Isaac (7) instead.
John could not be any more distraught if he were actually going through a real divorce. He has been "married" to Miriam since he was three, so pretty much as far back as he can remember. He has been a great "husband" of sorts, such as always sharing things with her, helping her, letting her go first, etc. even if he didn't feel like it because he was trying to be a nice husband. Seriously. They have like 20 "kids" together (stuffed animals), and he knows all their ages, names, and personalities inside out. He has cried for hours about this issue today. Then he got so into it that he started yelling at Miriam, saying: "Why do you want to marry someone else and do wrong and commit fornication?"
Miriam just wants to be married to Isaac now, who so far has been pretending to be her dad. She likes to be a tease and a bit of a rebel, so the drama is only fueling her fire. I was trying to reason with her, as well as John and Isaac, about how this is all just pretend, etc. but John argues that she should not be allowed to pretend doing wrong.
Isaac, sweet as he is, has never met an opportunity to dish it out to John that he didn't embrace wholeheartedly, so trying to reason him into continuing to pretend to be the "father of the bride" has not worked so far.
Solomon is on John's side and is refusing to officiate the wedding. But now John is worried that Isaac and Miriam might get my husband to do it, which I'm sure he won't consent to seeing John's almost-nervous breakdown.
But even if he won't do it, John is offended that Miriam WANTS to marry someone else, even if she isn't able to. I can see his point.
Becky is "off the market" as a wife since she has been "married" to Solomon for several months now, so she can't be a stand-in wife for Isaac.
Where did all this go so terribly wrong???!? And what's the solution? I mean, I have been telling them all along that they were not really married, that it was just pretend, and that in real life you can't (or won't want to) marry your relatives, etc., but I think because they are little they took it a bit more serious than I thought.
I guess it beats the 10 and 12-year olds I see making out in public these days - no joke! Today was my second time witnessing that. The first time I saw it, the mom of one of the kids in question was standing right there, watching as her son, who looked hardly any older than Solomon, and his girlfriend, were walking around the park holding hands and hugging, with another couple of the same age right behind them (their friends, I'm guessing). Even the punked-out and obnoxious-looking older teenagers next to me turned their heads in shock and couldn't believe it. Something tells me that if kids that age act in such a way, they are watching things they shouldn't be on TV, and do not get enough age-appropriate cuddles and affection from their own family at home. Very sad, really.
Which brings me back to the problem on my hands. I am not looking forward to trying to mediate more marriage problems tomorrow. Ideas, anyone?