It’s a sad reality in life that around 40% – 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. And sure, a lot of marriages end in bitterness and resentment, but not every divorce is necessarily a failure.
Codie LaChelle McPhate from Waller, Texas, recently shared her opinions on what it truly means to be a mature adult. Because when a marriage ends, it’s not just the couples who are affected, the children are also part of that divorce.
Codie had ventured to her mother’s house to see her when she spotted something she never thought she would witness. In fact, it stunned her so much that she had to take a picture and share it online. It was the true definition of staying amicable with an ex-spouse for the children.
This guy mows ex-wife’s lawn, not because he has to, but because the world needs more kindness
This is my dad, mowing my mom’s lawn. They’ve been divorced 28 years. My mom has bad knees, and my stepdad works out of town. When my younger siblings questioned, ‘Why is your dad mowing mom’s lawn?’ I told them, ‘Because, she needed help, and he knew she couldn’t get out here to do it, so he did.’
Codie continued to say that although her parents divorced nearly three decades ago, they never stopped caring for each other or their children. Even though their marriage ended, they still continue to have the same children together.
This is co-parenting. This is how lucky I am to have 4 parents who respect each other, and know that at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is showing your children (Even ones that are 32 years old) how to treat people, and how to love your family, no matter how it came together. My dad is with me in Texas on vacation. He doesn’t even live here where my mom lives. So not only did he do something selflessly for her, he did it for her while he was on his VACATION. He wants everyone to know, ‘I’m no saint.’ He just wants to show others that you don’t need to act like an angelic pastor for lent, but that we should all choose kindness whenever we can.
But Codie’s dad said something that truly resonated with thousands of people who read the post online. He didn’t want to do it for praise or a pat on the back. He did it because it wasn’t an issue for him and it would have helped his ex-wife out a lot.
My dad said he didn’t do this for the recognition. He said my mom and he decided when they were going through their divorce they would both choose to be adults and treat each other with respect and compassion, because no matter how their marriage ended, they both loved each other very much at one point, and that, that love – counts for something. That if they were going to raise their children to be good, kind people, they needed to be good kind people.
What an incredible human being. Bravo sir.
This man who mows his ex-wife’s lawn is a real gentleman and a great example to his children. At Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the story in the comment section. 🐝