George and his entourage have traveled on horseback for three very long days to take their place at this table. The Smiths have waited years for these talks and are anxious to seal the deal. After the expected hours of haggling, the trade is made.
The family will accept George’s herd of goats, forty acres of prime farm land, two mules and a sack of gold in exchange for their daughter, the lovely Liza Beth. George, in turn, promises to keep her in the manner to which her father has accustomed her for as long as she lives.
Valuable consideration is exchanged for valuable consideration and George and
the Smiths Liza Beth have a valid contract marriage.
When did marriage become about love/romance/flowers/De Beers instead of business? And why – if money is not a consideration in marriage – is it the number one cause of divorce? Could it be that money – although silent – is nonetheless one of the most important terms of the contract after all?
Think about it. Cinderella-with-stars-in-her-eyes and the handsome Prince Charming are about to head down the aisle when her fairy godmother pulls her aside.
“Sistah, let me tell you what I saw in my crystal ball. The minute you say ‘I do,’ Charmin’ is gonna quit his job with his daddy the king, lay down his sword, park his ass on the sofa, shove his hands down his tighty-whities and watch TV. You’ll get one job typing during the day, and another waiting tables at night so you can keep the Bud flowin’ and pay the mortgages on the castle. Oh, and between jobs you can clean up after him and the kids, cook and keep his endings happy. I’m just sayin’ honey.”
I’ll bet you my most expensive glass Manolos His not-so-Highness will be left standing there – wondering what happened – in the cloud of dust that was Cindy.
Am I advocating that we go back to the days when our parents decided our value and sold us to the highest bidder?
Absolutely not! But I am saying that if we’re looking for happily-ever-after, we dare not overlook the financial aspect of any commitments to which we might consider obligating ourselves.
Unlike size, money matters.