I never dreamed I would be divorced. I met my wife when we were both just 16 years old, and we married when we were both twenty years old. We got married on Valentine’s Day because we always wanted that day to mean more to us over the decades than just a simple holiday for romance. For the past 25 years, we stayed together, until she decided that she wanted to leave me. Our house needed to be sold, and I needed to find a Sacramento divorce appraiser to come appraise the house.
I had no idea that my wife wanted out. I really did not. I felt like I was blindsided. Just a week earlier we had taken a vacation together to the Bahamas. She seemed so happy and I thought everything was okay. Then, Valentine’s Day came, and we went out for dinner and movie. She chatted away as normal. We even held hands and kissed at dinner. Things seemed great. She gave no hints at all that she was unhappy. Nothing seemed different about her. She is a rather stoic person, so that may be part of it. I felt like I was given no chance to defend myself the night she came to me in the living room, coldly said she wanted a divorce for no other reason than she wanted to be on her own, and then walked out the door to go stay in a hotel from that point forward.
I really did not want to give up our house. I loved the place. But I had no other money to buy her out with, so getting it appraised and then putting it up for sale was my only option. The appraiser was a really nice guy, and I was super happy to hear him say that the house was now worth $150,000 more than what we purchased it for.