Posts Tagged ‘marriage’

Senses: Bitterness

30 Sep

Brigit could almost taste the resentment in the cookie. It looked like a standard peanut butter cookie with a chocolate kiss planted in the center, but something was off. Was it made with store-brand peanut butter approaching its “best before” date? Was the chocolate from a previous season’s holiday?

She pressed on. Nothing was exactly right, even things that had been purchased at the store. Looking around, it seemed nobody was comfortable, especially the bride. Brigit turned to the hostess and smiled gently. It must be hard giving a shower for your sister when she’s marrying the man of your dreams.


Fall: On Deaf Ears

23 Sep

“Not this month.” She chucked the one-lined test into the trash can.

He wrapped his arms around her as she silently started to cry.

Her body used to shake with heaving cries that would last for days, but something had changed since the last miscarriage. He was just as exhausted. The emotional roller-coaster that they rode month after month was draining both of them. He didn’t think it would ever end.

“Maybe,” he said as she stopped crying and her breathing leveled. “Maybe it’s time we looked into adoption.”

She looked up at him and he knew she still wasn’t ready.


Beginnings: I Do

19 Sep

At six she created wedding gowns for her dolls out of toilet paper. At ten she didn’t understand why she couldn’t marry her best friend just because they were both girls. At sixteen she wondered why her parents were still married. At twenty-two the love of her life married someone else. At thirty-one she vowed never to get married. At thirty-nine she embraced her spinsterhood. At fifty-three she buried both parents within two months and she knew why they’d stayed married. At sixty-seven she met a man in her “Active Adults” yoga class.

At sixty-eight she surprised herself by saying yes.