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In Mexico, Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Married

Traditionally, marriage is a thing of everlasting love. It’s a thing of undying devotion. It’s a thing of legally binding another person to you until one of you is deader than the love you once shared! Am I right? Well, Mexico is currently entertaining the novel idea of creating short-term marriage contracts that must be renewed after a predetermined period of time, otherwise they will expire and the union will become null. The logic behind these fun-sized marriage periods is to reduce the need for divorces, thus eliminating the messy legalities that come with it.

Some people in Mexico (Father Hugo Valdemar) claim this approach “contradicts the nature of marriage.” However, in a country where marriages fail nearly 50 percent of the time, one could argue that the act of getting married is just as likely to contradict the nature of marriage and family values. Seriously, speaking in terms of devotion, I know people who are more loyal to their cellphone service provider than they are to their family.

I think Mexico is on to something here, especially as it relates to teenagers who get married too soon. Just because you’re almost 20-years-old doesn’t mean you need to prove your new found independence by promising to be dependent on some one for the rest of your life. As we age, our tastes change. Look at your yearbook photo from high school. Would you go out in public if you had to sport that Mary Lou Retton chili-bowl/rattail haircut and those nut-smothering jean shorts?

The point I’m making here is if you judge a book by it’s young cover, you’re probably going to realize it’s really not right for you once you have a chance to sit on the toilet of your marriage and skim it over for a while. If I was only allowed to read one book I’d chosen at the age of 18, I’d still be reading Superfudge.

Also, as the obligated amount of time comes to an end, the question of renewal will hang heavy in the air. Ask yourself, what would Alex Rodriguez do? If you’ve been a wonderful spouse, when the time to renew the contract comes up, think of how much you room you’ll have to negotiate and update the terms of your marriage. The last thing you’ll want to see is your spouse on the free agent market, leading another team to the playoffs because you never gave them the opportunity to round the bases, so to speak.

What would A-Rod do? Make out with himself, apparently.

At the end of the day, marriage may provide a sense of security, but it’s not a long term fix. Love is something that must be maintained daily, regardless of legalities. Love is about facing the unknown that each day brings. And, as Mexico knows, love is about the fear. If I haven’t paid my phone bill in a month, I treasure every moment that it hasn’t been shut off. By making marriage an act that has an tangible ending, we appreciate it more and more. So why not turn marriage into an emotional Mexican standoff where you can walk away or hold steady till death do you part.

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