Oct 11 2011
Before and After

I recently got back from my annual fishing trip with my brother and some of our friends. It was almost two years ago that my brother Colin encouraged me to bring a pristine preserved wedding dress once worn by my ex-wife on a fishing trip. Two years ago we took it out of the box and started using it in many different ways. On that first trip it was used as a table cloth, a sleeping bag, and as a doormat outside our buddy Andy’s camper.

Before our trip a couple weeks ago my brother asked me if the dress would make the trip. I hadn’t planned to take it. The dress had already been used in some 120+ different ways. My book, 101 Uses For My Ex-Wife’s Wedding dress had been turned in long ago and was on the brink of publication. “Why take the dress?” I asked Colin.

Colin’s position was that the dress should return to the place where it first came to life as a giant multi-functional garment. He suggested we set it up as a doormat again – a before and after shot. There were no space issues in Andy’s SUV so we brought it along.

I think Andy has wanted to try on my ex-wife’s wedding dress since he first saw it on its first outing. He tried to get it on, but stood no chance of getting the sleeves over his arms. I do think he looks pretty good with the dress held up in front of him. I wouldn’t be surprised if after returning home from our trip Andy has been sneaking sessions with his wife’s wedding dress. Lucky guy – on our trip he tells me and my brother his relationship with his wife just keeps getting better and better – and he has been married for a while – not sure exactly but at least 12 years. Plus for a married guy he fishes a lot more than Colin and me. Whatever he is doing – it’s working – and I’m happy for him.

So – my book is just two weeks away from being available. I received an early copy last week. Seeing it is quite surreal. This project of mine turned into quite an adventure. I’m a lucky guy too. My marriage to the previous owner of my tattered wedding dress might not have worked out but I have so much to be thankful for.

    4 Responses
    • Speaking of embracing divorce! I recently started working alongside author Sally Beerworth with her project The Joy of Ex Foundation. Helping people through break ups and life in the most amusing fashion. Sally is currently in the final stages of completing her book The Joy of Ex.
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    • My grandmother used to always say, “better out than in”. That poor dress took quite a beating but can you imagine what it would feel like if you had held it all in? Amazing transformation. 🙂

    • Glad that you have found the positive out of your situation.

    • Hard to believe its been 2 years already. Glad you’re doing well. Look forward to buying the book.

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