January, 2008 – I and the former spousal unit reveal to the world that we’re separated. Later that month, I start a casual conversation with a woman I met through my dying standup career and ask if we might meet at a bar somewhere for a drink.
February, 2008 – The only available day for us to meet is Valentine’s Day. I opt to spoil Juanita with a Valentine’s Day date. We have three more dates by the end of the week. I practically live at her house by the end of the month and am getting along well with her son.
March, 2008 – The paperwork is filed for Juanita to claim me off waivers.
April, 2008 – While discussing whether I should go on an already-planned trip to Gatlinburg, TN, Juanita half-jokingly mentions there are plenty of wedding chapels in the area. I promptly drop to my knees and propose. AJ approves.
May, 2008 – The date is set. We now live together as a family already. We buy each other rings.
June 18, 2008 – Happiest day of my life. When I should have been well into my single life, I am instead happily married again. Nita makes my jaw drop as she comes downstairs in her wedding dress. We are married in a mountain-top chapel. AJ gives his mom away.
Thank you, Sweet Rose for taking a chance on me. You’ve given me a family when I expected never to have one and made me a very happy man.