Man photographed mowing ex-wife’s lawn 28-years after getting divorced

The photo of this dad mowing his ex-wife's lawn has been shared over 160,000 times, but it's the story behind the photo that brings tears to my eyes.


When two people are in love and decide to tie the knot, they believe it’s forever. But life is full of surprises and sometimes things happen, and we are not powerful to change the fact that after some time married couples are fed up with everything going on between them and decide to put an end of the marriage.

And when there is a divorce involved in the life of two people, it usually affects both in a negative way. Most divorces are followed by arguing, fighting over the custody, and even paying lots of money to lawyers.

However, it’s not unusual for two divorced people to remain friends after they split. This happens when both the exes are reasonable people who put their children’s needs before their own. This is the case with Codie McPhate’s parents. Even 28 years after their separation, Codie’s father still mows his ex-wife’s lawn. And that is really something special.

Codie believes what her father is showing that no matter what happened between the two, he still cares for the mother of his daughter.

‘“My mom has bad knees, and my step dad works out of town. When my younger siblings questioned, ‘Why is your dad mowing moms lawn?’ I told them, ‘Because, she needed help, and he knew she couldn’t get out here to do it, so he did,’”

The girl says that besides their decision not to be together any longer, her parents have always vowed to “choose to be adults and treat each other with respect and compassion.”

Codie’s parents remarried, but that didn’t prevent them staying in touch. The daughter is getting along with her stepparents and says it’s amazing how the four of them respect each other and co-parent perfectly.

‘“This is how lucky I am to have 4 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,”

Codie LaChelle McPhate via Facebook

We live in a world where many consider being divorced as the greatest sin, not understanding that sometimes that’s the best-case scenario. There are couples like the McPhate’s who prove these people wrong and are a perfect example of how things can work out when you are reasonable and understanding.

As they say, good divorce is better than bad marriage, and when a relationship between two people is broken, choosing a different path is the most reasonable decision. Codie’s parents teach us that when this happens, children should be taught that it’s not always a bad thing.

Regarding her father’s act of kindness, the girl posted “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.”

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