When your parents split up, it's impossible to delude yourself about fairytale romance and happy endings.
For me, I sort of felt like it was kind of a fairytale... but an interesting one. I don't know of anybody who has had a romance quite like this, but I certainly know people who have stuck it out.
I've discovered as I've grown up that life is far more complicated than you think it is when you're a kid. It isn't just a straightforward fairytale.
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.