Remarries, to be exact. From Yahoo! News
Sheila Smith's husband, Bob, had to go away on business and couldn't make the Valentine's Day recommitment service at Grove City United Methodist Church. So friends brought a life-size inflatable doll to serve as a stand-in. They dressed Blow-up Bob in dress pants, a shirt and tie, and taped on a head-shot photo of the real Bob Smith.
There's definitely an emerging trend of cardboard or inflatable spouses. Usually it involves military spouses who are stationed abroad.
For instance, back in Dec. 2005 I posted about the Husband Mannequin
-- Suzy Walker's stand-in for her husband serving on the USS West Virginia.
Then in Sep. 2006 there was a story going around about Flat Daddys and Flat Mommys -- cardboard cutouts of deployed service members that the military was providing to families. (There are posts about it in both the main blog
and the forum
I'd be curious to know how old this practice is. Did women back in World War II create husband mannequins?