Caldera: A Woman's Story by Anne Yero

By Anne Yero

Anne Yero has labored in detail with battered girls for over a decade. She realized greatly, not just concerning the ladies she's encountered, but additionally approximately her personal earlier heritage. it is a tale approximately her own trip in addition to the tales of these she's encountered professionally.

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If it ain’t gonna work, then where does that leave me? Where does that leave my children? If it ain’t gonna work, then what am I gonna do? Am I going to be husband-less and rear my children with the shame of being father-less? No. 38 Caldera That’s ridiculous! Lee’s just tired and irritable. He’s just saying that to blow off some steam. After all, he is under a lot of pressure to provide for our little family. I would do whatever it took to make sure Lee didn’t leave. And, of course, I told myself over and over again, Lee didn’t mean it.

We made a trip to Phoenix and purchased a new and attractive double-wide mobile home to put on our tree-covered lot. Life was good again, temporarily. This would continue to be a pattern in our marriage in the years to come. When our marriage waxed miserable, then a new start was all we needed. A new job, a different home, a new town, all of these things provided the answer, the elixir, to a deteriorating marriage. Or maybe, I thought, our marriage wasn’t deteriorating. Maybe it was just plain old bad luck.

We were on a beer budget with absolutely no room for champagne tastes. But then many young couples experience demanding financial, employment, health, and relationship hardships, and turn those hardships into experiences that ultimately create a deeper, more meaningful bond. Not so with Lee and me. The changes were gradual, barely perceptible to me. But then I wasn’t yet willing or able to identify those changes, let alone vocalize or acknowledge the truth of those changes. There was no “one” thing that signaled trouble on Chapter Six 37 our marital horizon.

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