It was an auspicious beginning, but things fell apart slowly, in the kind of way you don’t notice until the damage is irreparable and you find yourself looking around at the disaster your life has become and wondering how on earth you got there. If your relationship were a house, you’d tear it down and build a new one. Which is exactly what they did. Well, at least the father. He took his wife out to lunch to tell her that he was leaving her for another woman. She was, as the cliches said, the last to know.