Translated from Russian original by Joanna Dobson
An employee of a registry office once told me of a tragicomic story she had encountered in her work.
One day an old man and woman in their seventies came into the office supporting one another by the arm. They had come for a divorce. Perplexed, the registrar asked them why they had not come earlier when the greater parts of their lives would still have lain before them, and surely, having come this far, could they not spend the rest of their days together, to which they replied:
“We realised almost straight away that we weren’t meant for each other but then the children arrived and we had to make sure they could stand on their own two feet.”
“And after that?”
“Then the grandchildren arrived and we had to help them stand on their own two feet. Now though, we are free!“