Annul: (v) to be declared invalid, with no legal existence.
Every time I hear about a marriage being annulled, I don’t know whether to cry or giggle.
I’ve even been told that it can happen as much as a month after the nuptials.
My understanding is that the annulment is possible because the couple has not consummated their commitment.
Isn’t that weird?
I mean, you go through all the courting, awkward dinners, flirtations, proposal, planning, picking invitations, choosing a cake, booking a church, selecting bridesmaids and a best man, speaking the vows, dancing at the reception, and you get in the car, look at one another, and go … “Damn, you’re ugly!”
Or worse yet, they actually do have sexual relations and one or the other is so unimpressed that they decide there is no way they could continue for another week.
“Maybe if we lie about seeing our private parts, we can annul it instead of divorce it…”
What I’m asking, I guess, is, how would you ever recover from this?
For instance, you start dating again, you meet someone you really like and the time comes to become transparent, talking about your past and the relationships that have already transpired. And you have to admit to this new person that you have been married, but it was annulled. Does it not beg the question–why?
And the answer to that question may be too embarrassing to share with anyone, let alone an individual you are trying to woo.
Yes, annulling may be a continual process which annuls everything for the future.
So I guess wisdom is that we should all be careful who we pick to be our mate, because it may be too painful to pursue the game … and end up with “checkmate.”
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