SEBRING — When Lois Lewis was finally divorced, she wanted to announce it to the world — or at least to whoever drives past her minivan.
After a year and a half of an unhappy marriage, on Dec. 5 Lewis was officially divorced from her now ex-husband.
During a Dec. 6 visit to the Walgreens drug store, 3027 S. U.S. 27, a sales associate gave her an idea: write the announcement on the back window of her 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan.
Using white glass chalk, Lewis, 74, who moved to the Hickory Ridge subdivision from Lake Ariel, Pa., 18 years ago, wrote “Just Divorced” in big letters, spinning the familiar “Just Married” on its head. Since then, Lewis and her van have become a roving novelty on Highlands County roadways,
Thursday, her sister, Sara Kroeger, who also lives in Sebring, called to say she had even seen a picture of the Toyota shown on ABC’s “Good Morning America” morning TV show. Now, Lewis - whose first husband, Neil Lewis, died in 2007 after 14 years of marriage — has been getting honks, thumbs-ups and people asking to pose with her and her minivan.
“I go on errands and people are waving and giving me thumbs-up. They’re stopping to take pictures and say, ‘Go right ahead!’” she said.
In addition to the literally moving announcement of her new singleness, Lewis had a Christmas cake with “I’m Divorced” written in pink icing on top and served it during a dance at the Highlands Social Dance Club get-together.
Lewis credited Walgreens sales associate Krystal Kirouac with the idea. Kirouac said she thought of doing that after she got divorced but never actually went through with it. She didn’t think Lewis would actually put it on her van.
“People put ‘Just Married’ on their cars, on their cars because they’re happy. So, I thought, Why not put ‘Just Divorced’ if you’re happy about that?” she said.
Although Lewis said she’s having fun with the roaming resolution, it’s in no way a “seeking singles” sign. She said she wants to have fun, keep dancing and enjoy the benefits of bachelorette-hood for a while.
“I’m staying single. I just wanted to let people know it’s over,” she said and smiled.