I have shared here before that I am trying to have my first marriage annulled in the Catholic Church. This is supremely important to me. For most people, they do this because they want to remarry, so it is unusual for someone single like me to be so intent to get this resolved. I have spent over 2 years trying to find this man, a man I have not seen since 1974. 1974. That is a long dang time ago.
On Sunday I finished up a letter to the Archdiocese detailing all of my efforts to find him, complete with a spreadsheet of all my attempts, and concluding that I will never find this man. His trail dried up sometime around 2001. I thought he was perhaps dead. But you can't find a death certificate without a date of death. I had this letter finished. I was ready to mail it, but just needed to run it by my Pastor. (I first applied for the annulment a little over a year ago, and provided proof that I had tried to find him, but they did not find that sufficient, so they have sent me a letter once a month since then with a little box checked "provide address of respondent." As If I could just say "oh, gosh, I must have forgotten to add that part!")
I checked my e-mail yesterday afternoon and found another search report I had forgotten I paid for (and how these people can sleep with the crap they sell you for $39.95! I will never know). And lo and behold! There was a report that seemed to make sense. And a chronological report of his whereabouts, including two recent addresses in Florida, which I have never seen before.
So I wrote letters, stuck them in envelopes, drove to the Post Office and mailed them, Certified, Return Receipt Requested. And hopefully in a week or so, I will know if I have finally found this man. Hopefully I have and can move forward with this annulment.
Because I want this behind me.
Recently the daughter I gave up for adoption in 1967 found me and we have been talking and e-mailing.
It is shocking to think that I may be in touch with my long lost daughter and my long divorced first husband.
No matter how long ago all of these things were and how much I have changed - this is still my past. I cannot change my past.
But by the Grace of God, my life did not stay on that trajectory, but changed. On July 24, 1984, I walked through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous, and my life changed.
Staying sober, one day at a time, my life changed. Let's do it for another day, OK?