Lesser of Two Evils
Her divorce was a success, they said. Failure would have been staying married to him when there was no love and compatibility.
Divorce is the start point for a brand new life. It’s the chance to redesign her dreams, they suggested and preached.
She could be happy again; she thought and bravely pulled herself together.
She joined the gym, enrolled in a baking course, adopted a puppy and even cut her hair.
This grisly charade could have fooled them but not her.
Because she still feels that hatred and loneliness and doesn’t know which is lesser of the two evils?
Linking this to Bar-A-Thon
July 4th Prompt : Lesser of Two Evils
July 4, 2018 12:36 pm|
The choice between an unhappy marriage and a divorce that leaves a person lonely is indeed a hard one. One can never be sure which is the better choice. Nicely dealt with a social issue. Good post. Here is mine.
July 4, 2018 5:05 pm|
Yes, the transition is never easy and one has to pick herself/himself up after the divorce. Thanks for dropping my Sitharaam!
July 4, 2018 2:09 pm|
That is such a terrible choice to make. I once read that in our country, even criminals get a better chance than divorcees.
July 4, 2018 5:10 pm|
True that. Instead of supporting them, our society makes it difficult for the divorcees. Have seen a few friends go through challenging times post their divorce. But one should certainly not stay in a relationship that isnt working for them.
July 4, 2018 2:14 pm|
This broke my heart. But I hope she finds happiness. You are a magician of words. I look forward to every post of yours.
July 4, 2018 5:11 pm|
I hope so too. Thanks for your generous words, Sonia.
July 4, 2018 3:29 pm|
Staying in an unhappy marriage is a huge strain on both people. And everyone deserves happiness. Divorce has a big stigma in India but elsewhere no one thinks lesser of divorced people.
July 4, 2018 5:20 pm|
Agree with that. If you are in a miserable relationship, the best is to work on it and if that fails move out. Yes, while the divorce rate is on the rise in India, its acceptance in the society is still poor!
July 4, 2018 8:17 pm|
So true! I’ve known more than one woman who has taken this leap only to still end up lonely and alone. There is no easy answer.
July 4, 2018 10:46 pm|
Sometimes, taking a step back is always preferable instead of closing the eyes and ploughing forward. I like the way how her continuing inner turmoil is juxtaposed against her exterior changes. Nicely done, Shilpa
July 5, 2018 1:00 am|
Hoping happiness for her on her tough journey ahead. This was a step of bravery and more of it will be needed at every step!
July 5, 2018 7:35 am|
Oh how sad that she feels so.
I could so relate to this tale in first half as these were my thoughts and actions too. I wish I had had this support from peeps around me.
July 5, 2018 9:04 am|
I was excepting that turn around towards the climax. I guess in these times when the family and friends are ever supporting, its the internal demons one needs to fight,
July 5, 2018 11:04 am|
Your words express her deep pain so well.. the outer facade can fool everyone but not the person who is putting it on.. loved this one Shilpa
July 5, 2018 12:03 pm|
That’s a tough choice. The good bit is that she does have a chance at love. The society, though makes it ever tougher.
July 5, 2018 4:08 pm|
Freedom does come at a cost. Its difficult to know which is better, a caged life or free yet lonely one. Two sides of the same coin.
Made me pause and ponder for a while Shilpa.
July 5, 2018 6:07 pm|
interesting inspirational thoughts
July 6, 2018 12:01 am|
What an excellent theme to write! True, separation or divorce can be the start of new hope. The lesser of both evils…how true!
July 6, 2018 2:06 pm|
That inner conflict will remain until she moves forward in life and finds the right person again. Then, this will fade away like a bad dream
July 6, 2018 4:09 pm|
A heartbreaking dilemma to get the tag of “divorcee” and then stand up once again and try to live the life. A dilemma that actually fades the charm of a person
July 7, 2018 10:39 pm|
The dilemma to choose one is always hard and challenging. Divorce brings ao many changes in one’s life so moving on and happily accepted and respected by the society adds up to that pressure. Sometimes social pressure makes things even more difficult.
July 8, 2018 12:24 pm|
A person who is suffering has to make the difficult choice. Her emotional turmoil which the soceity makes it worse.
July 8, 2018 6:16 pm|
Heart-wrenching crossroad is life my dear and only who bears it knows the agony, you said it all in these few words
July 9, 2018 8:26 am|
Loneliness is one big evil that haunts you. However life is long and we need to make wise changes to benefit ourselves.
July 9, 2018 11:14 am|
Very aptly expressed the travails of a divorcee.
Shilpa, you sure have a way to expressing so many emotions in such few words. Commendable indeed. 🙂
July 9, 2018 1:47 pm|
Wow! That’s a nice perspective. Divorce is usually seen as black and white, but others forget that there is a lot of grey the person endures.
July 9, 2018 2:27 pm|
Divorce is always painful. It will be of more pain if kids are there. We are facing the pain at present with my brother’s marriage. Your posts reflects this pain so deeply.
July 15, 2018 1:18 pm|
Very well portrayed the turmoil of the divorced lady.
August 23, 2018 9:42 pm|
It’s always great to start afresh than to struggle and hold on to something that holds no future.
August 28, 2018 9:13 pm|
I liked your blog. Its quite like mine. https://kaberisden.home.blog/
And I especially liked this story.