A popular quote states: “You can never ‘just be friends’ with someone you fell in love with.” If ex-lovers can’t move on as good pals, then how much more when you were married?
Marriage requires work. And sometimes, even with all that work, it still doesn’t work out. But a man from Nederland, Texas proved that despite his failed marriage with his ex-wife, friendship is still possible.
Going through a divorce is one of the hardest things two people can endure especially if children are involved. Deep emotional distresses are dug up, old arguments are reignited, and people lose track of what’s really important in life.
Blake Higginbotham is all too familiar with that scenario. He and his ex-wife went through a messy divorce a few years ago, and although they hated each other at the time, their relationship is much different today. They try to keep things on a kinder level because of their three children.
But when Blake saw photos of his ex with a shiny new engagement ring, his heart began to pound. The reality was finally sinking in that they are officially moving forward, but one of them is holding someone else’s hand through the journey.
Blake realized that the mother of his children was going to marry another man. Without thinking twice, he shared her engagement photos online with an emotionally charged caption.
This is my ex-wife. The mother of my 3 children. The woman who brought all 3 of my children into this world. We got married young, had 3 beautiful children and had a bitter divorce. 3 years later, that relationship is much different. We share the kids evenly and support them in everything they do. We act as a team. The man she’s with is a great guy. He’s great to my kids, and they love him to death. As a father, I couldn’t ask for anything more. I sincerely wish you both the best. I’m thankful for many things including yalls relationship.”
“To anyone divorced, I encourage you with all of me to try and look at this from a different angle. Just because you didn’t work out as husband and wife doesn’t mean you can’t be mom and dad.”
Blake’s post touched a lot of hearts as he became a great ex-husband to his former wife during the time it was needed the most. He also reminded everyone that just because the relationship didn’t work out, doesn’t mean that you can’t be happy for the person you once loved.
They say that hindsight is 20/20, and Blake’s attitude reflects that theory. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of distance from the pain to see that everything works out for a reason in the end. Having faith that you’re on the right path is tough, but it’s so worth it in the end! At the end of the day, you will always have the memories you created when you were together, and now you can create new memories as friends and co-parents to your children.
Heather herself chimed in, writing “We make a great team! And are so blessed! I couldn’t ask for a better co-parenting relationship.”
Wise words indeed, Blake.
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