Did anyone else watch Oprah today? I normally don't watch television in the afternoon (I watch so much at night) but I could not resist checking out Oprah's interview with Elizabeth Edwards (from my home state of North Carolina). Disclosure: I am not and have never been a John Edwards fan. I found him too political and way to "smile the cute smile and all your troubles will go away". However I have admired this woman (Elizabeth) for years. She is smart, resilient (the name of her new book is Resilience), and extremely dedicated to her children. I often wondered what she was doing with a man like John.
The interview today was the first time that Elizabeth has spoken publicly about her husband's affair and the idea that he may be the father of the child that was born to the woman with whom he had an affair (did that make sense?). Anyway, for a woman who has been diagnosed as terminally ill with cancer she looked strong and not healthy but not sick either. The only problem that I had with the interview was that Mrs. Edwards made it seem as if she could forgive her husband the one indiscretion but could not forgive if the affair was ongoing. I don't think I could forgive either one. She also stated that they are working on their marriage and she wanted to "protect" him when he told her. Protect him from pain she said. What about the pain he was causing her?
I was left with a sad, unsettled feeling after the interview was over. Sad for this woman that deserves so much more but has so little time left and even sadder for this man that does not know how much this will hurt and scar his children. I have very little (or none actually) respect for men that cheat but I also loved that Elizabeth Edwards called out the woman for her lack of respect for her marriage.
I know that this is more serious than I usually am but I was affected by the interview and wanted to mention it. On a happier note...tomorrow is Friday! Later taters!