Maybe it's just how life is, but over the last year, three separate blogs I've been reading for years have revealed that their marriage is ending.
It's a funny thing, to love a couple you don't even know, and to know that you don't really know their relationship but to still be saddened that it's over.
One of my fears as a child was that I would "grow up and marry someone who would divorce me." Really.
So I think reading stories of people who were married, and happily so, inspired me.
And hearing that they weren't so happily married underneath it all, is sad.
I know the balance of personal to blog is delicate and I know for myself, there's a lot that I keep private, but I often find myself looking back over these blogs' archives for hints of what was going wrong, where they were struggling.
I suppose it's hard to say you're not happy in your marriage in a public forum where everyone, including your spouse can read it and I suppose these women just wanted to keep things private until it was either fixed, or clearly un-fixable. I don't know.
It's just sad, no matter how it happened.
And it's an unusual experience to be sad for a stranger and for a relationship you admired and enjoyed from afar.
I wish good things didn't have to end.