Wire dispatch from this morning's Courier Journal:Doctor in house blast dies: The doctor suspected of blowing up his town house rather than allowing his ex-wife to benefit from its sale has died, nearly a week after suffering critical injuries in the blast, a hospital spokewoman said yesterday. Dr. Nicholas Bartha, 66, died late Saturday. Police had been unable to speak to Bartha about the July 10 explosion because he was in a medically induced coma. Authorities have said they were investigating whether he might have caused it rather than sell the town house as part of a divorce judgment favoring his ex-wife.
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Wow. And I thought relations between me and my ex were strained. (laugh) Actually, there is good news on that front. He and I exchanged kids amicably this weekend, he made a positive (insert collective gasp of surprise here) comment about my new t-shirt (I'll be posting a pic of that in a later post...it relates to my coffee addiction), AND we were able to work out next week's week-long kid visit, with modifications being made to the original plan without the use of a mediator (har, har). In addition, he actually paid me for half of the tickets I bought for him and Rachael to go "Warped Tour" in Indianapolis while she is visiting him. (Hey, I've paid my dues - I've been to TWO Simple Plan concerts, and one of them was outside in the cold. It's his turn) And he has finally agreed to attend family counseling, something my lawyer worked out with his. That should be interesting, especially since our "family" dissolved over 4 years ago. But it's a step.
I've been listening to a teaching tape I got at church on Sunday about anger and forgiveness, and I realized I am not going to get over my anger until I find a way to forgive him for all he did to me and the kids. I used to say it was easier for me to get past what he did to me, but I didn't know if I could ever forgive him for leaving the kids. (He didn't just divorce me....3 months after our divorce, he remarried and moved to California for 3 1/2 years and never saw the kids) But we'll see. Maybe I'm ready to let all that go.
In the mean time, at least we never attempted to blow each other up!
PS. Scroll down to yesterday's post and let me know what you think of the new look.