After 37 years of marriage, Jerald dumped his wife Catherine for the young secretary at his office.
His new girlfriend demanded that the pair live in Jerald and Catherine’s luxury home. Since the man could afford better lawyers, he prevailed.
He gave Catherine just 3 days to move out. She spent the 1st day packing her belongings into boxes, crates, and suitcases.
On the 2nd day, she had removal men come over to collect her things.
On the 3rd day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candlelight, put on some relaxing music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar, and a bottle of Merlot.
When she had finished her meal, Catherine went into each and every room and stuffed half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of all of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.
When the husband first moved back in with his new girlfriend all was bliss.
However, after a few days the house began to stink, badly. They tried everything – cleaning, mopping, and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rats and carpets were cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere. In the end, they even replaced the expensive wool carpeting. But nothing worked.
People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house. The maid quit. Finally, even they could not take the stench any longer and decided to put the house on the market.
After a month, even though they had cut their price in half, Jerald could not find a buyer for their stinky house. Despite this, they couldn’t handle the smell and moved out. They had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.
Shortly after, Catherine called the man and asked how things were going. He told her about the house. She listened patiently and said that she missed her old home and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back.
Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, Jerald agreed on a price that was about 1/10th of what the house was worth, but on the condition that she were to sign the papers that very day. She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.
A week later, the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home…
….including the curtain rods!