My latest piece for Red Tent Living is up! This month, their theme is, “Do You Love Me?” Here’s where that prompt took me:
Lessons in Love
Growing up, I loved playing “house.” I’d run around the basement pretending to be cooking, cleaning, and going on dates with my “boyfriend.” Everything in my game of adulthood was easy and lighthearted. There was rarely any conflict or hardship, which might be why his words, spoken fifteen years ago, cut me so deeply.
I can remember exactly where I stood in my parents’ home—two floors up from the area that once served as my pretend “house”—when my first real-life boyfriend said the sentence I’ll never forget: “I don’t love you and I don’t think I ever did.” My heart sank and tears rose as I quickly realized there is no obvious response to a statement like his. I muttered something in an effort to get out of the conversation and ended the day with a wound that would take years to heal.
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