Long story short....Sue Norton tells of how hard it was on her to have her husband, Capt. Peter Norman, lose an arm and a leg and the overwhelming experience of being expected to help and care for him...so overwhelming that she decided to leave him because of it.
I had planned on writing at length about this article, but, due to my usual time constraints and plethora of other obligations, I will, instead, post the comment I left at The Spearhead, responding to the following,
Both men and women do terrible things to each other. They betray, abandon,neglect and abuse. Honestly, I don’t think either sex beats the other when it comes to treating spouses like garbage. However, when men do something horrible, they are usually contrite. Often, they take the blame. In fact, in many cases men will take the blame even when they weren’t at fault.
It would have been preferable if Sue Norton had simply not taken blame in this situation. Instead, she made an unconscionable and flagrant attempt to garner sympathy for herself at the expense of her husband. How nice it must be for Mr. Norton to have it aired to the world what a horrific and trying ordeal it was for his wife to have to care for him. I wonder if Sue Norton bothered to think of that. Oh well, the man’s already lost an arm and a leg….what’s a bit more of his pride.
I find the comments applauding Ms. Norton for her honesty particularly offensive. While I am a huge proponant of honesty….it is commendable when it denotes bravery or integrity. Sue Norton’s selfish bid for sympathy has nothing to do with bravery or integrity.
Sympathy? I have it in truckloads for her husband and those two little boys. As for Sue Norton….had she stood by her husband, been his support and emotional rock in what must have been the most devastating experience of his life, had she done everything in her power to hold her family together….she would have my respect and admiration. Even then, that is simply what she should have done.
I also left a comment on the Dailymail article....it has yet to appear. Although, I do wonder whether they don't post comments over the weekend. That said, I encourage everyone to take the time to post on this article. It would be particularly nice to see some support of Pete Norton, someone who deserves, not only our compassion, but our admiration.