Lady suggests keeping your ex around as your handyman saves costs
DEAR ANNIE: Your column gets me started every morning. Here’s a good one in response to the letter from “Daisy” about a marriage tune- up.
After 20 years of marriage, my husband decided he needed to get away and start a new life with a new wife — especially since he had already found one. He told me I had been a perfect wife and mother, so he wanted me to have the house, the car and money to live on. After recovering from the shock and getting a good job, life went on for me.
After two years, he came knocking on my door with a toilet under his arm, saying he heard I needed a new one. So I let him do the repair job, and he proceeded to tell me about his unhappy married life and that he was getting a divorce.
He was a good repairman and an excellent mechanic, so I suggested he come back home to be my live- in handyman. It worked out great for another 20 years, and I saved a lot of money on repairs. Good things always happen if you wait.
Dear Satisfied: We love it! Your husband apparently had a classic midlife crisis. You were wise, not only to be patient, but to move on with your life without bitterness. Not every ex- husband turns out to be a good handyman.