Karen’s married but she’s kissing her boss. I’m sitting here seeing it for myself but I still can’t believe it. I feel the anger building inside. Am I expected to sit here and pretend I don’t know what is happening? Her coworker Shirlene knows what’s going on and as if on cue, delays Wade’s wife Sophia in the office next door. Sophia doesn’t suspect anything but how long will this deceitful game continue before the walls come crashing down and the truth is exposed?
Today, I am on the set of “The Other Woman” a dramatic and emotionally charged stage play, produced by twins Radel and Ranel of Redemptive Productions. It is another day of rehearsals and the actors are an impressive bunch. Graciously, I am one of them as is my fiancée Charlene. You won’t believe the roles we play but I will share more about that in my future blogs. Opening night is still weeks away but the country is already buzzing about this “real to life” Bahamian drama inspired by the styling of actor, director Tyler Perry.
How many of us know of similar true stories? I am talking about the men and women in marriage or committed relationships that decide to go rogue? Cheating, like most things, is a process. It begins as a seed in the mind and grows to something more. Some experts contend that cheating happens when an unfulfilled partner seeks fulfillment elsewhere. To others, “stepping out” is the act of selfish ingrates who would be unfaithful under the best of circumstances. The fact is that it happens and often results in deep hurt, anger and resentment. However, I am not writing to castigate anyone. But rather, to remind us of the importance of honouring our commitments; exploring and discovering who we are and our values; openly and honestly talking with our mate or spouse about our desires, struggles and aspirations; resolving conflict in a timely manner and investing the time and effort to understand and meet the needs of our love one. Faithfulness is a decision and a responsibility. What you do matters.