It started out with a simple e-mail from her. Well, it wasn't simple, since I hadn't heard from her in forty years. Nevertheless, it was certainly from her.
I don't blame her for not communicating with me for forty years. I was a perfect shit back then. Some actions you can blame on youth; mine were of a distinctly unforgiving variety.
As I said, it started with an e-mail on April 3, 2008 from JoAnn:

This is sort of a weird request, so I apologize in advance for it. However, I'm thinking of getting remarried to someone I've been living with for the past 20 years or so, and I need to find the divorce papers. I seem to have lost them. Do you have a copy that you could send, or can you give me the date we were divorced, so I can get it? I think it was '69, is that your remembrance; or what year was it? Time passes, mind blurs. In any case, hope you are doing well and enjoying a good life. If you can give me a clue to the above, that would be great. If not, just let me know, and I’ll figure something out. Best, JoAnn