Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren divorced today in Florida's Bay County Court, joining a parade of celebrity couples who have discovered exceptional talent and resources cannot make up for broken promises and lacking skills. The lasting legacy for little Sam and Charlie Woods will depend on Tiger and Elin's ability to make good on public pronouncements, maturity and commitment far different than the actions that led to their shattered dreams.
While few beyond Tiger Woods and his wife likely will (or should) ever know the full truth to the claims now widely circulated in both the tabloid and popular press, it’s all too understandable how public icons can be led horribly astray, apparently blinding themselves in the process to the eventual price they’ll almost certainly pay. For those who are most accomplished and recognized, the decisions they make are often much more about a hunger for validation than a yearning for sex. Marriage education founded on emotional literacy is an important solution.