Monday, June 28, 2004


We got a notice in our mailbox Thursday alerting us that Misty had a certified letter waiting for her at the post office. It was marked from Diocese something-or-other, so it sounded to me like it was from a church.

For a few days, Misty made it into a big mystery in her head. She even told me a story of how a few years ago, she had to pick up a package from the post office and pay the postage due. When she opened the box, it was just a bunch of packing material — until she got to the very bottom and was greeted by a huge dead cockroach. The package turned out to have been sent by a former employer as a joke.

Today Misty finally made it over to the post office to pick up her letter. It was, indeed, from the Catholic church. The fun part is that it's regarding her ex-husband. Apparently, he wants to have their marriage anulled. Our best guess is that he's trying to get re-married, and the church won't allow his would-be bride to marry a divorced man. She's been asked to complete a questionaire regarding their marriage and his character.

For those who don't know, Misty despises her ex-husband far more than I despise my ex-wife. This is a guy who was cheating on her within mere weeks after their marriage. At least my ex-wife waited two years. As such, Misty doesn't want to do anything that would help him out.

On one hand, she could fill out the forms and try to make things more difficult for him. On the other hand, she could do nothing, perhaps making things more difficult that way. Most likely, he'll manage to get re-married either way.

Personally, I'd be inclined to ignore the request. Misty is, of course, not obligated to participate in the questionaire. I don't like the idea of having to put forth any effort regarding either of our ex-spouses — regardless of whether that effort would lead to frustration for them (which is why the Worst Novels Ever site went defunct long before I was asked to remove it from the Internet). I don't want them to intrude in our lives any more.

So what do y'all think? Should Misty fill out the paperwork or just ignore it?

And I wonder whether his first wife is cooperating.

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