It was an unceremonious end for something lovingly placed on my finger in a cathedral over forty years ago. I had a good cry. Then attacked it with Windex so I could get it off.
In November, right before the holidays, my husband told me he wanted a divorce. It totally caught me by surprise. After forty harmonious years and raising three great kids, he wants to "pursue his own interests without guilt." It's a midlife crisis at age 65.
I've been so busy with legal matters, getting the house ready to sell and running my business, it didn't occur to me to take the rings off until today. Maybe part of me thought he'd change his mind. That's not going to happen. He's already busy pursuing those "interests."
I call myself "Been There Done That Mom," but this is one T-shirt I didn't want to get.
Hang in there. Hang on to your own interests. Hang on to your own friends (especially the girlfriends). And hang on to your career.
You may need them more than you think!