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Congratulations, you're whipped

Say "Hello" to Mr. Diana Bijon, otherwise known as Michael Bijon.

Yep, a married man from Los Angeles, Calif., took his wife's name instead of the traditional method of the wife taking the husband's name. I told you the unusual stuff can be found on oddnews.org.

Michael Buday and Diana Bijon got married two years ago, and he immediately began the process of changing his last name to hers. Michael didn't get his wish until May 5.

Congratulations to the Bijons.

For the record, she asked him to take her last name. He obliged because he felt closer to her father than he did with his own papa. Must be nice to find out your son dislikes you so much, he'd rather have his wife's last name than yours.

"I am really, really proud of him. Not many men would do this," Diana Bijon told Reuters.

There's a word for this.

What is it?

Oh yeah - Whipped.

Here is where you are supposed to hear the sound of a cracking whip in your mind. I did not know how to write it. I tried "wha --pssss," but my editor had no idea what I was saying. "Psssh" was suggested by someone else, but it would have ended up sounding like I was sharing a secret with someone. Therefore, I'll leave it to your imagination.

Oh, what the heck ... I'll just say "sound of a cracking whip" when I want you to hear the sound. It's going to come up again, anyway.

So ... "sound of a cracking whip" ... "sound of a cracking whip" again.

There are advantages to the single life. You are not tied to anyone for life. There's no one going "nag, nag, nag, nag, nag" all the time. You don't have to spend the rest of your life saying, "Yes dear ..." to someone else.

Most important of all, you don't have to change who you are for anyone else.

And being an individual is always a good thing.

The other reason why being single isn't so bad is the likeliness of a marriage not living up to expectations. When young people get married, the stereotype is two people deeply in puppy love, looking doe-eyed at each other and believing there is no one else who can make them happy.

That is, of course, until they start living together and realize love ain't what they thought it was. Then, it becomes an issue of "anywhere but here would be blissful."

In America, up to 50 percent of first-time marriages, 67 percent of second marriages, and 74 percent of third-time marriages end in divorce, according to divorcerate.org.

Of the people who get a divorce, 64.2 percent of women, and 50.5 percent of men will end their marriage by the time they turn 25.

Ah, the splendor of young love. The sweet-filled "I love you" becomes the venom-spewing "I hate you." Then, his eyes start glowing red, and his horns grow out of his head, while her skin turns green and snakes start slithering out of her head, turning anyone who looks at her into stone.

Essentially, there is no reason why a person should let another person "whip" him, or her, to the point where a total loss of individuality occurs.

How many times have we seen the scenarios. A guy becomes a "yes man" to his wife, girlfriend or fiancé, because he's let someone else have all the control, and fun, in the relationship.

Sound of a cracking whip again.

On the flip side, how many times have we seen the roles reversed, with the servant-wife willing to do anything to please her husband, up to and including letting him beat her senseless.

Oh yeah, the other advantage of being single, or at least having a sense of individuality, is no one can ever go "sound of a cracking whip" to you.

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.