Larry King is divorcing his eighth wife, adding to a matrimonial turnover that has already surpassed those of King Henry VIII and Elizabeth Taylor. In addition, King also married and broke up with the same wife twice.
I was musing about this in the newsroom yesterday, wondering how some people can end up in eight marriages and still not get a clue about how to build a lasting relationship. A co-worker hinted I was being too idealistic: "It's because she's got a hot body," she said.
Unfortunately, she may be right. I wonder if Larry King even paid attention to the vows the last seven times he went through them. It wouldn't surprise me if the master of ceremonies stifled a laugh when he got to the "till death do you part" stanza. The pledge was a legal incantation recited for display purposes.
I wonder if we need a three-strikes law for marriages -- three divorces and you don't get another license. We have a movement to ban same-sex unions in the name of protecting the sanctity of marriage. Why not do something to control the number of divorces, if we feel a legal solution is necessary to protect that sanctity?
I have a friend who tells me part of the problem is that we're living longer and tiring of each other. For me, that's a reason to seek counseling, not a divorce.