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Thank You

Joe's hands shook as he opened the envelope and removed the small thank you note inside. He recognized the handwriting on the envelope; how could he not after having been married to Eileen for twenty-six years?
 
Tears rolled down Joe's face as he read the message, recalling the bitter ending when she caught him cheating on her with someone she thought was her friend.  He had regretted his infidelity for the past fifteen years.
 
"Thank you for the good years we shared," Eileen wrote, "and for the two beautiful children you gave me.  Thank you for being my first love, and the only one I will love until I draw my last breath."
 
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8 comments:

  1. Now that is painful. How well the reader is drawn into the scenario and is allowed to imagine the circumstances whereby he receives the letter...now that she has gone.

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    1. Indeed it is sad, Robin, tragic really. But it is now fifteen years later and she still loves him. Could there be hope?

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  2. Ohhhhhh YOWCH!

    Now THIS was succinct! So much to extrapolate....

    Beautifully done.

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    1. Thank you Lizzi! I tend to write just like I talk... in run-on sentences (ok, rambling sentences) so writing flash fiction is a challenge for me, and I enjoy the attempt! I'm glad you liked this one. I hope he got the message loud and clear!

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  3. There's hope, if he's willing to do the work to rebuild trust -- and that's a lot of very deep work.

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    1. Maybe there is Mimi, if she is willing to give him the opportunity to express remorse and show her that he has learned the importance of being faithful. Trust, once broken, is very, very hard to repair... but not impossible if both are committed to putting the time and work into it.

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  4. Indeed, Shimon. I think there is always some of that when long-term relationships fall apart. People wonder what if they had done things a little differently, if it could have made a difference.

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