For people who care to remember, April 13th, 2007 will go down in history as the day we heard that Prince William and Kate Middleton had broken up. Since then, we have mourned in our own way. Our experience might even mirror the Kübler-Ross model for grief and tragedy. Let's take a look.
Denial: Royal message boards and newspaper columnists blazed with speculation. "No, it can't be happening!"
Anger: Certainly we shared this feeling with Kate herself. We looked for ways to assign blame: It's the media's fault! Kate was too middle-class. William wasn't ready to settle down.
Bargaining: eBay sellers auction off the rare Woolworth commemorative china for the engagement that never was.
Depression: Who will save the monarchy now?
Acceptance: No, they're not getting back together. Maybe Prince Harry and Chelsy will get engaged?
But it didn't end there. Then we went through the stages again as reports indicated that they are back together.
Denial: They can't possibly be back together! I just sent him my phone number.
Anger: Did I pay too much for the Woolworth china?
Bargaining: Maybe they'll break up again and I can sell it for more than I paid for it.
Depression: Environmentalists cry: "Think of the trees!"
Acceptance: *Sigh* Here we go again.
If any of this applies to you, make sure you seek help immediately.
© Marilyn Braun 2007
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