"...Jackomo and I are splitting up."
That got my attention. Yes, it's sad news that a couple is calling it quits, but the other thing that registered was the "Jackomo" (not the real name btw). It's a rather large extended family when we include all of Magnum's step siblings and their families. There are a lot of men with the name Jackomo, I realized. So which one was splitting up?
I had to dig around a bit in the forwarded message to see who the original sender was... oh, okay. THAT Jackomo.
So it was sad news. We haven't had much contact with this couple for several years. They got married around the same time we did and then moved two time zones away. But I'd always rather liked Mr. and Mrs. Jackomo. They seemed a good match for each other.
Her e-mail, understandably, didn't go into great detaill over their differences. Just the usual "... been trying to work things out for a long time..." and "... really tough decision...", etc.
Later in the evening, when we were taking our old folk's walk, Magnum and I talked a little of our disappointment in the split up and about their reasons.
Magnum commented, "Unless somebody's cheating on or abusing the other, it seems they could work it out".
But, what do we know of others' tolerance thresholds? I didn't want to second guess their situation.
"Soooo... you won't mind me setting up a meth lab in the basement then?" I
"Okay", he conceded, "maybe it's not just those two things".
Disclaimer: I do not now or ever plan to set up a meth operation. I'm also about 97.8% certain that that is not the reason for the divorce of Jackomo.
What counts as "irreconcilable differences" for you? Your spouse?