Divorce sucks, and many couples who decide to call it quits on their marriage don’t necessarily part on good terms. That’s why people who are able to remain friends and continue caring about one another even though they’re no longer in a romantic relationship are so notable. Take, for instance, one woman whose dad still continues to mow her mom’s lawn even though they divorced nearly 30 years ago.
- Austin-based Codie LaChelle McPhate took to Facebook to explain that even though her parents divorced when she was only 4, they’ve continued to show one another love and support in the many years since. In fact, she even took photos of her dad coming over for a visit and mowing his mom’s overgrown front lawn.
- The story is heartwarming. As Codie wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post: “My mom has bad knees, and my stepdad works out of town. When my younger siblings questioned, “Why is your dad mowing mom’s lawn?” I told them, “Because, she needed help, and he knew she couldn’t get out here to do it, so he did. This is how lucky I am to have four parents who respect each other, and know that at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is showing your children (even ones that are 32 years old) how to treat people and how to love your family, no matter how it came together.” Can someone say, “Awwwww!”?
- Her dad had no idea the pictures were being taken. While many people do things to go viral or get attention online, Codie’s dad had no idea that she was sharing the story or that she’d taken photos. He just wanted to help out his ex-wife, the mother of his children, and someone he cared about deeply.
- It’s all about choosing kindness. Codie added: So not only did he do something selflessly for her, he did it for her while he was on his VACATION. He wants everyone to know, “I’m no saint.” He just wants to show others that you don’t need to act like an angelic pastor on Lent, but that we should all choose kindness whenever we can.”
- Codie’s mom and dad planned to maintain a good relationship after divorcing and they’ve stuck to that. “He [Dad] said my mom and he decided when they were going through their divorce they would both choose to be adults and treat each other with respect and compassion because no matter how their marriage ended, they both loved each other very much at one point, and that that love — counts for something. That if they were going to raise their children to be good, kind people, they needed to be good kind people,” Codie shared. These sound like amazing parents!