Spoiled Children of Divorce

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Rafael Nadal
August 31, 2011, 10:27 pm
Filed under: Adults Whose Parents Divorce, Exemplary Children of Divorce

Spanish Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal has written his autobiography.  According to the article “Hard Blow – Grown Ups of Divorce” his parents announced that they were splitting in 2009.  Rafa would have been about 23 years old.

Adults whose parents have split up are much more outspoken.  They seem to be able to talk about their situations without being chided as manipulative or needing a “pity party.”

The article articulates many feelings that young children of divorce probably feel but can’t express.  I’m very happy when people like this speak out.

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Zhang Xin
August 31, 2011, 12:27 am
Filed under: Exemplary Children of Divorce

Forbes just published a list of 100 of the World’s most powerful women.  I’m going through the list looking for the Children of Divorce and have found a billionairess in China named Zhang Xin who says in one of her interviews that she doesn’t like Forbes’ lists.  Hahah!  Her story is really incredible.

Zhang Xin was born in 1965 in Beijing, China.  Wikipedia says that her parents split apart during the Cultural Revolution.  I guess if you’re going through major changes in society probably divorce makes sense.

Zhang Xin moved with her mother at Age 14 to Hong Kong and worked in factories.  She managed to scrape together enough money to move to England when she was 20 and went to school.  With her husband she has created a Real Estate Development company called SOHO China.

The Other Wes Moore
August 19, 2011, 12:06 am
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Heard an interview on npr’s Talk of the Nation this morning with writer Wes Moore about his book The Other Wes Moore. This book is used by many college freshmen classes. Moore writes a memoir about his difficult childhood which he has outgrown with many successes. He compares his life with another kid who is also named Wes Moore and who is now serving time in jail for murder. Had to run out and buy it with hopes of looking at the astrology, or at least as much as I can. The problems that boys go through without having a father in their lives is a major theme of the book.

The writer’s father died a few months before his 4 th birthday on April 16, 1982. He was a middle child between two sisters.

His namesake wes had one older half brother who lived with his father. Wes never really saw his father who only tried to visit once when he was 8 months old.

Interesting that the author Wes is named after his father.

Here’s a quote from the introduction which I suspect is particularly true for kids of single parents. And this is why one seldom hears from them:

“I was taught to remember, but never question. Wes was taught to forget, and never ask why.”

Am going to iPad class on Saturday so hope the typing gets better.

I was taught to remember, but never question. Wes was taught to forget, and never ask why.