When love comes with a pair of Academy Awards
By Frank Paiva
It's only natural to compare your romantic relationship with those
of other couples who seem like they have it all. Gary and Thelma have
the nicest lawn on the street, while your lawn is full of crabgrass. Pamela and
Louise always find time to volunteer for the PTA, while you were so busy at work
that you forgot to make cookies for the bake sale. Mike and David have
well-behaved kids who don't terrorize the neighborhood, while you spent November
1 apologizing profusely for your child's Halloween shenanigans.
Perceptions like these are an illusion, of course. Mike and David are
secretly worried about raising boring children who never get into trouble.
Pamela and Louise feel obligated to do the PTA as the only lesbian mothers in
town. Gary and Thelma didn't travel to Europe because they spent too much money
on their azaleas.
Even couples who have done the near-impossible, like each winning an
Academy Award, aren't guaranteed a happy life. A crowded mantel can complicate
life. There's actually a conspiracy theory called "the Oscar curse," which
claims that receiving the award ultimately leads to romantic dissolution.
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