We take great offense to the article by Andrew Cherlin, “Two classes divided by ‘I do,’ ” especially the last paragraph that states Americans who are married are privileged compared to single parents. Although two people may have a better economic status, for many of us, it was not a privilege that was given.
During our 50 years of marriage blessed with four children, there were many times when we could not give our children all the extras (swimming, dancing, sports and time) that the article states comes with the married class.
Only through understanding, forgiveness, sacrifice, compromise and love were we able to keep our vows and give our children the basics needed for them to go out into the world. Marriage is not a privilege or right, but damned hard work.
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