Tuesday, November 6, 2007

"The Office" Romace

It has been just this season that I (an avid T.V. watcher) have got into the cultural tour-de-force known as the Office on NBC. I have had the ability to catch up on the last few seasons (thanks to Blockbuster direct). I love the show. Steve Carell is a comic genius as Micheal Scott and they really do a great job at bringing Office Space to the small scene.

My favorite part has been watching Jim and Pam mess with Dwight K. Schrute. Their common cause to stave off boredom at work helped bring them together. In the second season, Jim dug Pam's chili though Pam was engaged. In the third season, Jim was dating another woman and through her aside for Pam. This season, they are together. We all cheer as they are now together. The show makes it hard not to root for Love to prevail.

I love the show but I have to say something about the dangers of letting people get too close when you are married. In a day and age where people are spending more and more away from their families at work, office relationships are and will happen a lot more. It starts off innocently because you're just trying to have a good day at work and be nice. After a while when things get rough (like when Pam's engagement was going too long), they confide in one another. They then start enjoying life together (like sneaking off to the roof to get away). While Jim does the right thing at the end of season two by moving to Conn. and letting Pam go, but then season three comes along and they are both pining for one another. Yet Jim falls for another Co-worker and Pam is stuck wondering and waiting. This makes for a very awkward situation.

While Pam wasn't married, this happens to marriages all of the time both in the church and in the business world. So watch out. The question is what boundaries have you established to prevent this from happening? While you think about it, I'm going to start a Finer Things Club so let me know if you are interested.

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