Thom Garrett I don’t know how I missed this back in April. I really try to keep track of comments on my own stories, so I am very, very sorry.

I love your perspective here, because you are so right. I imagine that those 15 years were like an oasis for your wife.

I imagine that finally, she was able to breathe. And to trust. And to rely on another person and know they’d follow through. And to relax and be human and err and know forgiveness.

I don’t know if anyone who’s not been in a relationship with someone abusive can even begin to comprehend what an absolute gift that is.


I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.