One of my best friends, Jim, is facing what he sees a tough road ahead. It’s not that he and his wife are separating; it’s the unwelcome help he’s receiving from his gym mates. One soccer buddy boasts that Jim must lead the troops and show the rest of the guys what we’re made of. Another was convinced that he got the short end of the stick when he divorced having to pay child support for his two toddlers who lived with their mother. The team coach offers his support by rubbing his hands together proclaiming the battle’s just begun!
These words encouraging a contest of wills are unsettling to Jim because they’re talking about his family. He just wants some privacy to figure out what he’s entitled to and pay what the law says he needs to pay. He also sees a future with the kids at all stages of their lives.