Photo Courtesy of Ted Strutz
I took my two oldest kids to a local fair one summer day long ago. We rode a few rides and enjoyed an elephant ear for the first time. Later that same week, my ex-husband did the same fair with the kids, except this time, someone on the ride pictured above got sick and baptized my 4 year old daughter as she walked by, causing her to get sick herself. To this day, she can’t see a ride like this without feeling both a little queasy and a lot annoyed. I, selfishly, was always a little tickled that this happened on his watch, not mine. Bad mom. I know.
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Being with him was wrong. But the excitement and the anticipation made it all feel right. Listen to your head. Don’t be a fool. Ignoring all the warnings, Rachel made her choice.
Lengthy absences only made her long for him more. The feeling of being slightly off-balance in his arms left her dizzy and breathless, like a carnival ride from long ago. Flying, butterflies in her stomach, unsettling, unsure. She wanted more. He gave her just enough.
When he stopped contact, her world lurched to a halt. She lost the thread, dangling in midair like an empty ride at the fair.
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© Erin Leary