WARNING

posted by Nick Hornby July 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm Uncategorized ,

While looking for change in my jacket pocket, I pull out a piece of paper which, to my consternation, reads as follows:

WARNING: NOT EVERYONE IS SUITED TO HAVING AN AFFAIR. THEY (sic) ARE NOT AN ALTERNATIVE TO WORKING ON OR ENDING A MARRIAGE. AFFAIRS CAN DAMAGE A GOOD MARRIAGE. ALWAYS CONSIDER OTHER PEOPLE AND IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE AN AFFAIR, PLEASE SELECT YOUR PARTNER WISELY.

Underneath this psychic health warning was the address of a website which, presumably, will help to undercut much of the above advice, just as cigarettes undercut the health warnings on the packets. I turned the piece of paper over and found that I was actually holding a simple London taxi receipt. Blimey.

Anyway. All helpful, if somewhat muddled, advice. Is an affair really not an alternative to working on a marriage? You’d have thought it was one or the other, really. The genius who wrote this is right, though: having an affair may well turn out to be the same thing as ending a marriage. I’m sure we can all agree that affairs can damage good marriages, although I’d like to fly the red flag for bad ones, too – in fact the effect of an affair on a marriage with underlying health issues, to use the current phraseology, could be fatal. The last sentence is just solid and valuable common sense.
We’ve all seen Fatal Attraction.

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