My mom and I were talking today about starting a new club. Not everyone can join, though, because it's going to be The Stepwives' Club. She and I both are a "stepwife," as are many others out there. As a matter of fact, many of my good friends are stepwives. I'm sure the meetings will be quite entertaining and informative. :)
The term stepwife has grown on me. I don't see it as being a derogatory, negative, or belittling title. Actually, I take a great amount of pride in the fact that my husband and I have a very sound, happy, fulfilling life together, even if it meant he had to experience divorce. I had a very good example growing up because my parents also have a very sound, happy, fulfilling life.
I have to insert a funny, but somewhat sad, story here. About 3 years ago, my mom and dad went to Texas to visit his granddaughters. On the wall in my dad's ex-wife's house was the wedding picture from when she and my dad married in 1962. I guess she realized she had let a good thing go.
Wife-in-law is another term I like. My aunt uses this to refer to her ex-husband's mistress who later became his wife. I guess that would be another club altogether, though.
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