After Divorce, Craigslist Ad Becomes So Much More

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez found she couldn't simply describe the things she was selling
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2019 1:54 PM CDT
Updated Jun 1, 2019 4:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – It started as just a Craigslist ad. But Jessica Ciencin Henriquez wasn't just selling stuff—she was selling stuff as she and her young son prepared to leave New York City following Henriquez's divorce from actor Josh Lucas. "Each of those items meant more to me than just a quick summary," the writer and editor explains to the New York Post. "They were significant markers of my growth and evolution, coming to New York City at 22 and leaving at 33." The ad turned into a moving essay on, as the Post puts it, "love, loss, and moving on"—and it went viral. More:

  • The ad itself: Cannot currently be seen on Craigslist, but it was originally posted here; the site says only that it has been "flagged for removal." The title of the post? "Moving On Is Hard To Do Sale." Quite a few screenshots are available here.
  • Some sample lines: Henriquez wrote, for example, of the queen-size mattress she was selling that it was purchased "at the beginning of my year of celibacy," and that it had "no stains, no damage, and the tears have dried." Of a rocking chair she really didn't want to sell, she wrote about how she and Lucas carefully selected it in happier days for the baby they were expecting. "But that baby grew up, and that marriage ended. I can no longer justify dragging this beast of a rocking chair from house to house."

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