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Every day now, we creep a little closer to that finish line,
to the day our divorce is final. The end date is in our windshield, but it will be in our
rearview before we even know it. Ninety-one days in Pennsylvania—that’s the short
sale, the quickie divorce. But I guess that’s only really for the luckier ones,
only if you’re able to take the short and easy road.
There’s probably a cooler, more ‘street’ term for this
increasingly popular day by now, I’d think, but I’m not sure what it might be. It’s
tough because some people are thrilled to be getting that final document, and
fair enough. But for a lot of folks, I reckon it’s not always a happy day. And
even if you are all giddy about that one particular point in your life, that
split second in time when the state formally acknowledges that the two of you
are now slightly damaged/slightly distrustful/slightly jaded citizens what’s
the big difference, really, you know?
You weren’t really married in the eyes of the state, you
dorks. The state has no eyes! The state, it turns out, is just another eyeless
idea cooked up by the ... wait for it ... wait for it ... (hold your mind/gonna blow
it up!) ... by the state!
Love, the hands-down most epic/awesome/wonderful/beautiful thing about being alive in this particular lifetime: She is a straight-up, stone–cold anarchist whack job with high cheekbones and one of those pointy Madonna bras from the Vogue era.
You start sniffing your way back down that little
transcendental trail, and trust me, my friends, you are gonna crawl out of the
bushes and slip right down the hillside, right into good old Walden Pond,
y’all. That’s what I’ve been doing anyway. Love recognizes no state. Think
about that for like three solid seconds of your day and you will get what I
mean, I just know you will.
Love doesn’t give a squirrel’s turd about nations or laws or
politics or this whole shaky attempt at "civilization," at getting people to
live amongst other people in the "civilized way." Oh hell no. Love is a a very
sexy woman who sh*ts in the woods. The way I see it: Love, the hands-down most
epic/awesome/wonderful/beautiful thing about being alive in this particular lifetime: She is a
straight-up, stone–cold anarchist whack job with high cheekbones and one of
those pointy Madonna bras from the Vogue
Love, especially young love, intoxicating love—the kind of
love that drives you insane in the beginning and then hibernates for a while
and then wakes up and either massages your weary heart for the final two
decades and change of a marriage, or just drives you f-ing insane again on the
road to breaking-up—she’s like that Xena Warrior Princess chick, but even more
crazy. All decked out in grubby wolf skins and clattering elk bones, carrying a little satchel of kidneys to snack
on (God knows where she got them!), love comes wandering down out of the tried
and true uncivilized wilderness with an itchy saber wrist and a savage
She comes slipping down out of the woods and she wanders
through your backyard or up your stoop in the middle of the night, or in the
middle day, or whenever the hell she feels like it, and she waltzes right in
while you’re checking your cellphone again and she cuts your goddamn head off
with her Isis mallet (that’s right, a mallet!).
And then that’s it. You lose your head, pretty much forever.
And it’s so great. Until maybe it ain’t. Until maybe it sucks.
I guess I wonder about weird stuff. But, you know, I’ve
known love and I’ll probably see her again, too, so I don’t really have a head
anymore, right?! Ha! I get a pass. But I wonder what I wonder and lately I get
to wondering whether this whole marriage thing and this whole divorce thing, maybe
they’re really just street signs turned the wrong way. Maybe the system or the state
or however you want to identify the legal ties that bind or separate, maybe
they’re kind of like a bunch of bratty kids messing with people’s minds, making
them go right when they should have gone left.
How can there be just one single day when you say it’s over,
officially? How does that actually make sense when we’re talking about all
this Warrior Princess power and stuff? I mean, I get it in a way. We need signed documents. We get
off on them. We need pieces of paper to show that the world recognizes that we
are officially in love. And we then need other pieces of paper to show the
world that two now slightly damaged and distrustful citizens are legally
entitled to hurl themselves back into the search for love again.
Papers, light as feathers, to link us to another person
forever. And papers, heavier than headstones, to allow us to walk away from it
all, to feel that frightening thrill of possibility again.
Permission to love
Permission to slip
back out into final frontier, hopefully for the last time?
Permission to peer
down into the black hole of Tinder without feeling like a middle-age creep?