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The obvious one I left hanging this morning was why Hazel Larkin married her second husband when she told him, and us, that she didn't love him. I ducked it, because the answer was likely so profound and complicated, it didn't seem fair to go there. But her story shows, as she said herself, that people get married for all sorts of reasons. The Fairytale may often be the least of them. The problem arises when, as Professor Jim Sheehan observed, people marry each other with radically different assumptions about what constitutes a marriage and what the deal breakers might be.
One of his female clients considered it a fundamental betrayal that her husband looked at a mildly pornographic image on a website. Others might be willing to forgive a long affair. But you have to admire Catriona Lynch. With a light touch and masses of self-deprecation, her realistic approach to life, showed that perversely - hard work and commitment can yield romance and a deep love.
All our guests are keen observers of human nature and we let them run on til 10 rather than play our usual Musical Heirlooms slot. This week it was to be To Russia With Love's Debbie Deegan. Next week we'll definitely hear about a bit more about how her dogged commitment has improved the lives of thousands of orphans in Russia.
Like marriage, her example is that anything worth doing takes a deep commitment and plenty of hard work.
Off now down Grafton Street into the a cold, brisk but sunny morning and see if I can find a Christmas present for my mother!