Short Story

Father of the Groom by Mark Tulin @ Ariel Chart

Father of the Groom
โ€” Read on arielchart.blogspot.com/2019/07/father-of-groom.html

Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

27 comments on “Father of the Groom by Mark Tulin @ Ariel Chart

  1. this is such a beautifully realistic piece of writing………i could feel the father’s anguish!

    • Thank you, Wendi. I hope the fatherโ€™s wrong. And we never know how a marriage will turn out. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  2. That story was so real it was painful to read. What an agonizing burden for a parent to carry.

    • Thanks for reading it, Liz. Thatโ€™s true. Parents feel a burden even when their children are grown and married. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We can’t really tell, can we?
    Wonderful writing, Mark.

  4. Beautifully written , Mark. I can feel your anguish and also the possible one for the future couple.

  5. Excellent writing, Mark. Truly superb.

  6. Wow! Well-done, Mark! You had me from the first line.

  7. A gripping and tragic story, Mark. Such marriages rarely end well.

    • Very true, Rosaliene. Marriages are tough even when things seem to be perfect. When you withhold a secret like the groom, it can be doubly tough. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. That’s so scary. You just don’t know, but you have to trust in “Faith” when you “let go” of your children to make their own lives. They have to deal with the consequences. Thank you so much for sharing this eloquent and haunting story, Mark.

  9. Great writing, this story feels so accurate, Iโ€™m amazed with your insight. I once dated/was engaged to a man who was bipolar and your description of the behavior: the manic charm and then the sudden switch to crisis, reminded me of how he was. Strangers (his neighbor), tried to warn me but I had to learn the hard way. Loving someone with manic depression is a rollercoaster of amazing joy and deep depression, even danger.

    • Yes, Judy. They can be very creative and amazing, and then crash with the most severe depression. As you know, it takes a lot of love and compassion from the spouse. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I think itโ€™s often too much too handle for the spouse. I thought my compassion and love could help him, but it was a classically codependent relationship (he was violently reaction, he beat up his past girlfriend and physically threatened me too). It was so hard to break up with him because I loved him very much. He was like a real life Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde. โ˜น๏ธ

      • Youโ€™re right. Too much to handle without negatively affecting your health. We have to draw a line. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sorry for all the typos and spell check induced grammatical errors ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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