This week on a special episode of Little People, Big World, the Roloffs dealt with the awkward and sad details surrounding the 'temporary separation' of Matt and Amy Roloff after 26 years of marriage. I put 'temporary separation' in quotations, because as much as Matt (more so than Amy) seems to think that the break is just a pause-button to their marriage, the intense New Year's Eve party couldn't hide the truth that their marriage is as good as over.
When Matt ventured over from the guest house on the property where he was staying to borrow supplies from Amy for his boys' poker night, this was painfully clear. Rather than seriously assessing the stresses on his marriage or how to move forward, Matt just made a bunch of jokes about getting half of the family's ice trays. Amy seemed stressed, unhappy, and bitter -- and you can't blame her. While it takes two to tango, the couple made it clear that it was Matt's decision to move out of the family home.
It kind of doesn't seem fair that Matt can leave his family halfway and still play at being the total family man. While I appreciate the idea of throwing a big party to celebrate the New Year to remind everyone what really matters, it just felt like Matt wanted to erase their problems rather than emphasize the fact that no matter what state his marriage is in, they are a family first.
Amy and Matt have always been very different people. Naturally that's going to create tension. But I think this episode really underlined the fact that the couple has either got to cut and run for real (none of this halfway business) or Matt has got to man up and try to make up some of the ground he's lost with Amy. It seems like she's really hurting right now and that he's kind of oblivious of that. Silver lining -- the kids seem to be doing really well! Also Jeremy, if your plans for your engagement don't work out -- CALL ME. In other news, Matt's brother Sam Roloff seems like the singularly coolest person on the planet. Don't worry -- I've followed him on Twitter.
Do you think Matt and Amy can make it work?
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