At some stage last year I reached the point where I’d been separated/divorced for as long as I was married.
I’m happy to say it’s a path that most of my contemporaries don’t seem to have followed me down. Indeed, of those who have got married and had kids, I can only think of one who has separated.
One of the things that’s made it work is an attitude of co-operation; to make things work well for the kids. It was partially inspired by a newspaper article that came out at precisely the right time.
In that spirit, I’ve kept up occasional contact with my ex-in-laws. They’re good people.
So I was saddened to hear that my ex-father-in-law died suddenly last week. I liked him. I thought him a good, generous man, who showed great hospitality when we visited Arizona in 1996. He’ll be missed.