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An Open Letter to my Ex-Husband's Fiancee

Well, well, well, look at us, two women who have shared a similar journey – the journey of loving the same man, and yet finding ourselves on opposite sides of his heart. As I sit down to write this letter, my mind is filled with a kaleidoscope of thoughts and emotions loosely styled after the montages in every rom-com of the 80’s and 90’s.

I appreciate you. It takes a remarkable woman to step into the intricate dance of an already established family, and I must say, you've handled it with a grace and poise that I truly admire. Perhaps, in another universe, we could have been dear friends sharing coffee and stories of shared experiences, but in this universe, we find ourselves… here.

I remember when my ex-husband met you. Life has a funny way of throwing us curveballs, and although our paths may have diverged, I can't help but feel a sense of gratitude for this particular curveball. You've brought a sense of peace into his life, which helps him to be more present with our children, and more patient and considerate in his interactions with me. Thus, you have brought a palpable peace into my life. I know that might sound paradoxical, but love often defies logic, doesn't it? Our relationship was certainly flawed, but it had its moments of laughter and life lessons. And it's those lessons that I carry with me as I navigate the ever-complicated terrain of love and relationships.

So, here's to you, wife number two, for being a brave explorer in this labyrinth, for taking on the challenge of loving this complicated man in your own unique way. He is better for it, and my entire family is, too.  I want you to know that I wish you nothing but joy and peace. Life is too short to dwell on the past, and I believe that in embracing the future with open hearts, we can all find our own version of happiness.

With warm regards and a heartfelt salute to the serendipity of life,

The Ex