Trophy wives for the Colonel

Hello everyone:

A story was told to me by one of my students. He knew a man, who we will call “the Colonial,” as a patient at a home for veterans.

My student realized that the man never had any visitors, in spite of having been a man of considerable influence during the span of his career. He shared his story in small parts, over a period of time.

He had been married three times, ditching each of his first two wives after they hit the ripe old age of 40, saying “they just kind of lose something around that age, you know?”

He had children with his first two wives, and now has a boatload of grandchildren, who he no longer sees.

His third wife (who is now in her mid-40s) was “the best darn divorce lawyer in town;” she now lives comfortably in the house the Colonial paid for, using money from his investments to support her lifestyle. She does not come to see him, preferring the company of younger men to that of her bitter, chronically ill, late-80’s husband.

His kids and grandchildren hate him; his current wife ignores him. He did not make very good plans for his own future, placing great importance on having a trophy wife, but not understanding what would happen to him if he became institutionalized.

Food for thought.


Dr. Sheri

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