Happiness in Love

If you thought your love life was bad, imagine how it feels to be a woman whose husband fathered a love child with her housekeeper!

By Laura Schreffler

Sometimes it’s difficult to put our love lives into perspective. Because a situation is happening to us, it’s difficult to take a step back and realize that his lack of texting, a refusal to call after 10 PM or his weird habit of eating only green M&Ms might not be all that bad. No, sometimes it takes a truly horrific incident to make us realize our relationship doesn’t suck as badly as we thought. Maria Shriver, my heart goes out to you: you are living my nightmare.

Schwarzenegger with wife Maria Shriver takes oath of office

For those of you who live under a rock, Maria has been married to former California Governor and He-Hulk Arnold “I’ll be back” Schwarzenegger for 25 years. For ten of those years (that she now knows of) her marriage was weighed down by a lie as large as her husband’s veiny forearms. Not only had he been sleeping with the couple’s long-term housekeeper, but he had fathered a child by said cleaner, who kept her job and made a bundle by keeping her mouth shut.

Oh the betrayal! Not just on Arnold’s part, especially because his wandering eyes and hands aren’t exactly a secret, but by a trusted employee, as well. Being Maria Shriver at this moment in time would be like waking up and discovering you were actually an adopted alien from a far off galaxy, albeit one with really, really good hair.

Mistress, Arnold & Maria

I know it’s going to be hard to distance yourself from your man drama, but the next time one arises — regardless of where in the world you happen to be — please try to let it go. I’ll be right there with you, so let’s consider it a social experiment, shall we?

The next time a guy takes four hours to return your text, don’t automatically freak out and convince yourself he’s just not that into you. The next time you think you’re in a committed relationship but find photos of him kissing someone else on Facebook, dump his ass and chalk it up to his loss. The next time you break up with a boyfriend, try not to persuade yourself that you’re going to die an old maid.

Really, when you look at the big picture, the day-to-day trials of dating could be so much worse. You could have actually married Arnold Schwarzenegger (or a guy like him). Be grateful for small favors. Be happy you still have the time to find a guy who will treat you right.

 

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About the Author: Laura Schreffler is a former New York Daily News columnist who left the world of celebrity behind to focus on what makes her happiest — love and travel. She is the creator of LoveTrekker.com — a website devoted to these two passions that she fondly calls “looking for love in all the right places.” In her spare time she likes to play matchmaker for her friends, dream about her next vacation and gaze at photographs of Taylor Kitsch. For more advice on love, relationships, and happiness, check out http://lovetrekker.com & her book "Internet Dating 101". And follow her here at Happiness Series with her weekly blog about finding love.