It resurfaced from the pages of a book, fluttering to the floor from its position of responsibility marking a much loved verse.

The writing was hers, but rounder, younger. Cracked and brittle now, it was once a letter to her new husband. Written but never bestowed.

Lily read it with embarrassment. At twenty she had been in love with being ‘in love’. Had she really felt this deeply forty-five years ago? She tried to recall the moment when that feeling had slipped away.

It seemed important to remember the moment when love was replaced by something different. Something less.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

How many people feel like this Mary? We, ourselves, change over the years and feelings can change for so many reasons. We don’t even notice it happening. Just like Lily, I married at 20 thinking love would last forever. It didn’t and I left. Others stay and love is replaced with something else. There’s a sadness in your story that stays with you.

Andrea Piña
Andrea Piña(@andrea-pina)
1 year ago

This was very profound, Mary. Most in my generation would never even think to get married at 20 for that very reason. That ´love´ that I could feel right now could very well slip away, so it may not even be worth it, or it could grow into something precious. There´s just no way of knowing except experiencing it.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
Reply to  Mary Wallace
1 year ago

Mary, this is peculiar to everyone, it’s not just an age thing. It is a very delicate subject, for love can mean so many different things to so many different people. In a simpler thought, life is about change, dramatic or subtle, but nevertheless it happens, we need to be able to adapt to that change, and be prepared to change as we become wiser. Then I know that what I have written will not make sense to some. But I love it when I/we hear of or know a married couple who made it through the ups and downs of life, who still love each other as much as the first day they met, and say…..Yes we have been married for X years and? So are we any nearer to understanding? No I don’t think so, is it better to have loved and lost, or never to have loved at all? That I guess will be down to the individual. Everyone has the right to be happy, and no one should deny anyone that right. Thank you Mary for being so open and honest. A very meaningful 100 words – Well done!

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Danielle Burke
Danielle Burke(@danielle-burke)
1 year ago

That last line really packs a punch, Mary. I enjoyed your story.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

It would be fascinating if Lily, 20 years old, could sit down and have a nice talk to Lily, 65 years old. I would have loved to listen to their conversation. They are the same, yet completely different. The subtle, imperceptible, day-to-day changes, exterior and interior, led to those differences that cover up the similarities. It’s the same thing with the partner. Tiny, tiny daily changes lead up to a totally different interior and interior picture. Is it possible to connect with the original self? With the original feeling?

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

Love is so strange. It can make people so happy and so sad. You did a great job with this story Mary. Well done!

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
Reply to  Mary Wallace
1 year ago

No problem Mary.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Relationships are such strange things, and love is different for everyone. I still love my husband, we married in 1988. But the love is different now. I guess we’ve learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses, learned to recognise our own faults and to respect each other. It’s not perfect, we have our ups and downs, just like everyone else, but our bond is strong enough that we can work through things together. It must be awful to wake up one day and find that there is absolutely nothing left to keep you together, that your feelings have changed so irrevocably that you can’t stand being together anymore. If things get to that stage in a marriage, all the couple could possibly achieve is unhappiness. A very sorry state indeed.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Love can easily change, we don’t even notice it but we can also restore it and make it grow by accepting that each has its strengths and weaknesses. And there is no perfect love. So no matter how many times my love changed for my husband, I prefer to continue to understand him and love him. Well done, Mary.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Mary Wallace
1 year ago

You’re welcome.  ? 

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Mary, this was another great piece of writing. My first thought was ‘how many people are in the same boat?’

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Thank goodness we can talk/write about it! Not the done things in past generations. Very well written, Mary.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

Hmmm, love gone sour after 45 years. Whenever I see couples married for a long number of years. I indeed admire them. It would have taken a huge sacrifice and unrelenting tolerance to stay together for decades. I’m sure that letter was a keepsake.

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