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- Authors: Emma Chase
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- Genre: Romantic Comedy
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I never thought I’d be that guy.
You know the type I mean. One of those guys who makes it through the
first few trial and error, fixer-upper decades of adulthood, finally gets life
figured out—and then has to start all over again.
I thought, by now, life would be smooth sailing—as glassy as the lake on
a still summer morning. In a lot of ways, it is.
I’m in better shape in my early forties than I was in my twenties. I’m
blessed with one of those faces that just keeps getting better with age. I’ve
got a great career, money in the bank, three most-of-the-time awesome kids, a
fantastic dog, basically the whole world by the balls . . . except for the crash
and burn of my marriage. And the big D of a divorce.
Some men don’t mind starting over—getting a tattoo, buying a
motorcycle, trading in the starter wife for a blonder, perkier girlfriend named
But I liked being married. Being half of a team. Having a partner.
I was good at it.
I was serious about the whole, “till death do us part” thing. But I guess
everybody kind of is. It’s not like you stand at the altar and think I’m going to
divorce the shit out of you one day.
And yet . . . here we are.
“She took me to Nordstrom’s.”
My youngest son, Spencer, tosses his Minecraft green drawstring bag on
the table and stands in the kitchen with shoulders that are more hunched than
any ten-year-old’s should ever be.
“To shop for a bathing suit for her trip to Miami,” he tells me, after
getting back from a clearly un-fun Saturday afternoon visit with his mom.
“We were there for hours.”
Once the divorce was finalized, Stacey hung up her stay-at-home-mom
shoes and moved up north for a new job in Manhattan and a new apartment in
Hoboken. I bought a four-bedroom house with a finished basement, built-in
pool, and fenced-in yard that’s literally a five-minute drive from the house we
used to live in. And now the boys and Rosie, our eight-year-old German
Shepherd who doesn’t act a day over two, live with me.
Because we always said we’d raise them in Lakeside—the same small,
Jersey town I grew up in. Because the boys are happy here—their schools,
their friends, their sports teams, our family—all here. Because so much had
already changed for them, I didn’t want that to change too.
So now I’m also that guy. A single dad.
And Stacey? Well, she’s . . . something else.
“Then she got her nails done at the salon and made me sit next to her,”
Spencer says. “I had to use my inhaler three times.”
I don’t hate my ex-wife. Really. Most of the time I don’t feel anything for
her, except a discomforting confusion over how the woman she was when we
got married could be so insanely different from the person she is today.
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