Yet Another Example of Truth Being Stranger Than Fiction

Today is my divorce hearing. The past couple months, while stressful, have been relatively smooth (mom, it’s all a matter of perspective) and this date has arrived with little fanfare.

My friends and family have been very supportive since we first decided to split up, but I found an ally in one person I didn’t anticipate. I have an aunt who’s also going through a divorce, and over the summer we discovered that we could talk to each other in a way we couldn’t with anyone else. (At least that was the case for me.) Yes, I have friends who’ve been divorced and they’ve offered wonderful advice, but there’s something about talking to someone who’s going through it at the same time that’s especially helpful. Plus, most people — no matter how supportive — get tired of divorce talk after a period of time.

This morning I’m meeting my aunt for breakfast before I head to the courthouse, but she’s not joining me for moral support. As fate, luck, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it would have it, her court date is also today. At the same time. In the same courtroom. With the same judge.

And to top it all off, we’re both going back to our maiden names — Hooyenga. You can bet the judge doesn’t see THAT every day.

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


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  2. I’ve been there — never realizing like when getting married and you walk in single and then walk out married with divorce, it’s the opposite. I have to hold myself back from saying “That’s where I got divorced” every time I pass the courthouse (if I’m with my kids). In a way it’s also a celebration, but without the cake and fancy dress. Not in a mean way, but a celebration of what will be — of moving forward.

    Thinking of you and wishing you the best.

  3. Lisa Dovichi

    Good luck MC Hoo. You know what would make the preceding go smoother? Yeah, Hammerpants. Just sayin’. 😉 I know you’ll do great!

    What’s for breakfast? 🙂

  4. mary hart

    That is stranger then fiction. What are the odds?

    As far as the divorce part, it is a little surreal and anti-climatic but it is definitely a moving on moment with mixed feelings. Does that make sense?

    Will be thinking of you.

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