Marriage is difficult. Imagine keeping the same person day in and day out for the rest of your life! It's a lifelong commitment, and it's not always going to be easy, but the work can be incredibly rewarding.
Sometimes, though, it doesn't work out, but I applaud couples who split and make it a point to amicably raise their children in a loving and supportive manner. The world wept when we found out that Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck decided to get divorced after ten years of marriage.
The two released this statement:
"After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding."
My respect for these two just went sky high. The fact that they're focusing on creating a positive space for their children is incredibly admirable.
But let's go back. Back to a time when Jennifer was married to Scott Foley and Ben was engaged to Jennifer Lopez.
Do you remember when the two appeared on John Favreau's IFC show titled Dinner for Five alongside Kevin Smith and Colin Farrell?
The looks Jennifer sent Ben's way were incredibly adorable. Perhaps Ben wasn't into her quite yet (to be honest, he somewhat comes off young and pompous, and more into himself here), but Jennifer knew he had the makings of an overall good man.
Check out the video below:
1. Jennifer Garner to the Rescue
When Kevin Smith starts making fun of Affleck, Garner defends him at 16:10.
2. Affectionate Thank You
At 2:09, Garner thanks Affleck for not requiring her to audition for her role of Elektra.
3. This One Will Hit You Hard
While Affleck recounts a story describing how he and Matt Damon felt at the Writers Guild Awards, Garner beams a million-watt smile that nearly blinds us with such genuine affection. It's too damn cuteI Check it out at 21:02!
While the two are no longer together, it seems they are more focused on positivity. I can see these two being friendly and cordial, especially for the sake of their young children. Divorce isn't exactly easy, but their choice to make a loving environment out of it is very inspiring.
We can still reminisce about what might be the moment Jennifer really fell in love with Ben. As well as celebrate that while it lasted, Jennifer and Ben showed us what it means to be supportive and respectful from beginning to end.