No, not MY divorce. My husband's sister had to travel 700 miles to Antigo, Wisconsin, to finalize the divorce from her husband. She didn't want to make that trip alone, so I volunteered to go with her. I don't drive, so I was no help at all with that. But at least I helped keep her awake on that grueling road trip.
I will say that northern Iowa and Wisconsin are quite lovely. I can also tell you that I hope never to see the place again; it will forever hold unhappy memories for me. I saw my sister-in-law unsuccessfully fight tears in court, at the end of a twenty-eight-year-long marriage.
That's the water tower in the town where the divorce took place.
That's Rena, bravely heading into court. When I look at this picture, it makes me glad I went along; she looks so alone.
Rena spent a lot of time behind this door.
I loved this picture. The words say, "When tongue and pen alike are free, Safe from all foes dwells liberty."
And this is the courtroom. I didn't dare try taking a picture when the actual proceedings were going on, but you can see Rena and her ex-husband's lawyer getting ready for the event.
It didn't take long, really. Not much longer than many marriage ceremonies.
I have to say I feel more emotion now, reliving the whole thing, than I did watching it.
I hate divorce.