Divorce and a sense of humour
This is a guest post by a divorced guy.
This junior fellow from a client’s office called me the other day and very excitedly began rambling about a party that they were throwing. Having given me full details, he came on to the subject inviting me and asked me, most politely, to attend the party with my wife.
I informed him that there was no problem in my attending the party, but getting the wife over was tough, would involve very serious preparation, and just a two-day notice wasn’t enough.
In a serious tone (well, junior chaps have to maintain that when they talk to a man of my vintage), and hesitatingly as well, a bit, he asked: Sir, I don’t understand this preparation bit? Is she out of town or something? Or is there some other problem?
No, I said, that wasn’t the issue. Then I asked him if he could help me sort this problem out to which he agreed, most readily. I like such young chaps who are forever ready and eager to help older guys like me.
I told him that I need to very quickly contact a few papers and websites, maybe call my relatives back home in the small town of UP that I hail from, and have them also speak to the local barber, and that there was very little time to do all of it. Just 48 hours. Phew!
I could imagine a confused expression appearing on his face as he heard me out at the other end of that phone call he had made. Wanting to deliver him out of this confusion, I asked him if he could come over and help me out as I was very keen to attend this party. Still confused, he thought for a moment and asked me if he could call me back in a few minutes. I said fine, take your time, but remember that we have only 48 hours.
He called, as promised, a few minutes later and confessed his confusion with this whole affair. He couldn’t figure out as to what I expected him to do.
That’s when I told him: I am a divorced man and you ask me to attend this party in the next 48 hours with my wife. So, I need your help to get married before that.
I heard laughter. Not full blown, but laughter of a guy who has just had his leg pulled.
Well, there is one thing that the divorce has certainly done for me. It has improved my sense of humour.