We noticed the "divorce party" trend a couple of years ago, but it seemed to pass, right? Now, a California couple just brought it back in a major way with one big celebration--and three very tiny, but powerful, words.
Jeff Becerra and Michelle Mahoney of Berkeley, CA had been married for 24 years when they decided to split. To mark their divorce becoming final, and to take a little bit of the awkwardness out of the situation for their family and friends, they decided to throw a party. No, they weren't celebrating the breakup; rather, the couple saw it as a chance to honor their good times together and toast the amicable way they've decided to part ways while continuing a caring friendship.
"We've had a lot of really good parties over the years and I thought, 'Let's have another one, and let this be our last hurrah,'" Mahoney told Good Morning America. "It would make people a little uncomfortable, but it will be fun."
The couple's 18-year-old daughter, Emma Becerra, posted photos from the party on Twitter, where they immediately went viral.
My parents' divorce became official today so they had a divorce party pic.twitter.com/NLbJjsWp8b— Emma Becerra (@_emmabecerra) December 18, 2016
"I just thought it was fun," Emma Becerra added of the party. "People that know them understand that this is something they would totally do."
Though we're not sure if we're buying the "no awkwardness" thing, we do have to give this couple major props for one crucial point they agree on about divorce: that they won't be fighting over any of their possessions.
"It’s just things," Mahoney said. "This girl and her sister, who’s not here, are the most important things to us," she added of her daughters.
"It's just things" -- have any truer words been spoken about the dividing of marital assets?
That's not all these two agree on. Both say they won't be getting back together, and that it took hard work to get them to this happy place as a family.
"A lot of work and humility and sacrifice and discussion and careful thought," is what it took, said Mahoney, while Becerra added, "and professional help."