Transcribing notes from that day in Chicago, scribblings, a divorce, a meeting with former wife and granddaughter at Lincoln Park Zoo, trying best I can to make sense of what we’re standing near, a stone-carved, half-ton be-whiskered sea lion… a rusting elephant made of steel. “What matters most in life is children,” says my ex-, “children and money, and in that order. Those are the priorities.”
I ask my ex- what I can now possibly say to our daughter, who, messed up father, I missed out on her growing up. “You can’t say anything. You were young and dumb… write to her anyway.” And I do. There’s a saying, “When a Jew gets divorced, even the altar weeps.”
G., my fifth wife, says she finds my former marriages an advantage, that a slow learner can eventually “get it.” And learn how to be a real partner, she says, adding, “…seems to be more difficult for men than for women.”
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