As a young woman, I often wondered how some people fall out of love, and it puzzles me how one marries someone but leave him/her when the going gets tough.
Isn’t marriage sacred?
Shouldn’t couples stick with each other through thick and thin?
These thoughts somehow changed when I entered married life.
After being married for 12 years, I’ve had my share of lies, tears, and breakdowns. I’ve been lied to, fooled, cried, and broke down so many times because married life is just plain hard. It’s not always bed of roses. There would all kinds of problems: finances, incompatibilities, relationships, etcetera. Luckily though, the happy times I experienced all these years outweigh the trying moments.
Unfortunately my story is different from Aurora’s. And as I listened to the host as she was reading Chapter 27 of Broken Mirror, I was thinking about my marriage. I cannot compare mine to hers though, she’s been married far longer than I am but at least I learned so much from her story. A lot of lessons.
Aurora lived a not so typical life. She lost her mom at two, got abused by her stepmother at 3 until she reached 7, sexually abused by so many men, looked for love in all the wrong places, and entered relationships with all the wrong men until she met Robert, a business person from China who became his husband later on.
The princess finally met her prince, correct? Wrong. Aurora’s hardships never ended when she married Robert. In fact, it got worse. Her marriage to Robert trapped her in a traditional Chinese marriage.
What she went through was unimaginable. I kenat. You should read the book to know it yourself. It’s too much. It was like reading A Series of Unfortunate Events once again, this time it’s Aurora Teo Mei Ling’s story instead of the Baudelaires’.
I salute Aurora for surviving such a cruel life but I adored her more when she defied their tradition and broke the code of silence and divulged the secrets of a Chinese marriage.
Personally, I cannot stay in a loveless marriage. I believe that we all deserve loving husbands and happy lives. But hey, I am only speaking for myself =)
I am saying this because our marriage does not involve multi-million dollar businesses, large sum of money, clingy mistresses, and properties from all over the Philippines.
This book made me appreciate my life, especially my husband. I used to complain about my misfortunes not realizing that others have it worse. Nakaka-guilty.
Broken Mirror Inside a Chinese Marriage is the life story of Aurora Teo Mei Ling beautifully written by Aurora herself and Ms. Coylee Gamboa.
Broken Mirror is published by Caelestis Production, Inc. You can visit www.whoisaurora.com and its official website www.brokenmirrorph.com. They’re on Facebook as well https://www.facebook.com/brokenmirrorph.