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True life story- Anniversary September 30 1983

The old green vega heaved and rattled, finally starting up as we headed down the hill. He jumped in and grabbed the wheel. It had taken us many places but always needed extra care, oil and fluids.”Are you sure” he glanced my direction spitting these words out in his thick broken accent.  His eyes crinkled and the line that traced his lower lid now made a crease as he nervously mustered a grin. His long slender fingers reached over and cupped my hand, sending an electric wave of heat and devotion down my spine. I sat pensively, drying my hands on the tattered seat covers trying to replace anxiety and worry with elegance and grace. My white dress had been purchased by mom for special occasions. A ruffle ended at the waist and the filmy material flowed and dipped as I moved.

It seemed as if a dare had been laid out and now it’s cycle could not be obstructed. We wound our way through the Palouse where waving wheat no longer rolled like a grand carpet of green, amber and tan. Fall had settled in,the golden hour moved closer each evening casting shadows on red leaves that crunched underfoot.

Tractors, trucks and fields gave way to pine trees and greenery marking the entrance into a tiny town, St. Maries Idaho. I had never seen him nervous, he was in control and composed under all circumstances. The old green vega stopped in traffic at every inopportune moment, he had little money to make ends meet and his language impeded him in Engineering classes, yet he never wavered or showed a temper.

We entered the county court house and looked for the appropriate place to obtain a marriage certificate. He stuttered and stammered, failing to remember simple details such as how to spell his middle name and his birth date. The clerk smiled and joked with us about our little adventure, asking if this was planned or a spur of the moment decision. All inquiries were avoided and when we exited the office he reminded me that no one was to know about this secret rendezvous. It was now he and I, abiding love and loyalty would span 30 years, intertwining my heart, soul, mind and body, giving away the most precious parts of me. We signed our names, paid our fees and vowed to love one another forever.

 

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  1. I so love your writing, Lynn, and your ability to portray so many emotions!

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    September 30, 2016
  2. …and it begins…love this chapter Lynn. It captured a whole host of emotions. ❤️

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    September 30, 2016
  3. Wow! Beautifully written Lynn. And yet so haunting. Today must hold much emotion for you ❤️

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    September 30, 2016
    • I just remembered! We were not supposed to ever disclose this so we never talked about the day or date! xx

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      September 30, 2016
      • So you never celebrated an anniversary? Hey by the way, I had a lime green Chevy Vega in 1980 also LOL

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        September 30, 2016
  4. Wow, nicely done, Lynn. It did capture a lot of emotions!

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    September 30, 2016
  5. I like the way you begin writing the chapter.

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    September 30, 2016
  6. Love your writing style Lynn. As an aside, I must admit I chuckled when I read the opening line. Although our vega was red with a black racing stripe, it did its fair share of heaving & rattling!

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    September 30, 2016
  7. Great beginning! Looking forward to reading more. You were a beautiful Bride.

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    September 30, 2016
  8. Great writing Lynn, always full of suspense.

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    September 30, 2016
  9. Wonder if it cross the “IDIOT’S mind yet? BAHAHAHAHA! Doubt it. Since, he can’t seem to remember how you were treated…Hum…keep writing my friend. xoxoxo

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    September 30, 2016
  10. Young, innocent, and in a beautiful white dress. And so it began…. Who knew that one day you’d have to crop his picture out of the photo, and maybe the memory ? You convey a whole range of emotion in this one. Well written, Lynn. 💘

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    September 30, 2016
  11. Heartbreaking when one knows a little of what transpired.

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    September 30, 2016
  12. koolaidmoms #

    So many questions. It makes me want to read more to get them answered!

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    September 30, 2016
    • Thanks Marci! I will hope to really get allot done next week changing my schedule to every day.

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      September 30, 2016
      • koolaidmoms #

        Do you truly enjoy writing this down or is it hard? Just curious. Some ways I think it would be cathartic and in others incredibly painful.

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        September 30, 2016
        • It isnt cathartic at all to be honest! If i could i would sell my,home move me and kids some where else. I met him in this town, we bought our home when he took a second wife who was pregnant! So i would just move on and forget but it keeps following me and i need to make some kind of living to support my kids and also tell other women they are not alone! Sorry bet you didnt expect all,of that.

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          September 30, 2016
          • koolaidmoms #

            No, I get it. You can’t get away from it so use it to help you and your family.

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            September 30, 2016
          • yes that is a great way to put it! At this point it is the biggest resource I have haha sad to say!

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            September 30, 2016
  13. Lovely photo… beautiful dress. Who could have known?

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    September 30, 2016
  14. You conveyed the lust & innocence of youth. Such impending tragedy.

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    September 30, 2016
  15. Your writing is so detailed, it takes the reader there. Beautiful!

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    September 30, 2016
  16. Forever isn’t always forever. So glad you are living a new forever. Beautifully written.

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    September 30, 2016
  17. I like seeing this glimpse, it portrays hope and excitement. I know that changed. But you captured it beautifully.

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    September 30, 2016
  18. Your writing is wonderful, Lynn. This is so idyllic and romantic, and then the demand for secrecy comes, and as a reader, the hairs rise on my neck. The contrast with your dreams of forever is haunting.

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    September 30, 2016
  19. I’m so sorry you went through all this and he turned out like he did.

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    September 30, 2016
  20. That’s quite a story Lynn.
    Leslie

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    September 30, 2016
  21. This was very picturesque and full of details to create the scene in our mind and the emotions in our hearts. I felt your excitement and pleasure to be in his company, Lynn. xo ❤

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    September 30, 2016
  22. The picture reveals a nervous smile and hesitancy. The next 30 years revealed the reason why. Great writing Lynn.

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    September 30, 2016
  23. I’m so grateful you have some good memories, Lyn. Such a pity things couldn’t have been different. Such a waste

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    September 30, 2016
  24. Were you really together for 30 years, for some reason I thought you had been back in the states for longer than that . Does this mean you came back to the states in 2013?

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    September 30, 2016
  25. Hanging on every word … very wonderful gift for storytelling that you have, and for conveying truth.

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    September 30, 2016
  26. You were a young and beautiful woman, who believed in what you saw, Lynn. As young, we are more naive and monsters are great to hide their real ego, until it is too late, which you also found out. You could not have prevented this, he didn’t show you, that he was a monster back then, dear friend.
    You are writing so very well, that we can feel your emotions and hope back then.
    Many hugs, Irene

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    September 30, 2016
  27. This is wonderful Lynn! What a great start to your book. You definitely leave me wanting to read more! Take care 🙂

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    September 30, 2016
  28. How well you have described the day Lynn! Reading this makes one wonder more about the unexpected twists that life throws up.

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    September 30, 2016
  29. Beautiful descriptive writing, Lynn

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    October 1, 2016
  30. Oh my gosh–a VEGA. What wonderful detail. Happy anniversary, Lyn!

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    October 1, 2016
  31. I sense the longing to forget all the ugliness and remember that sweet day with love. You looked so innocent and happy and beautiful.

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    October 1, 2016
    • Thanks so much dear Bernadette! I really thought he was the one and he was so kind and calm and still self assured

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      October 1, 2016
  32. This is excellent writing Lynn! I can’t wait to read more!

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    October 1, 2016
  33. The dress looks almost like the ever popular Gunne Sax (sp?) that were so beautiful and popular back then. I can feel the rebellion and free spirit in your writing. Great beginning Lynn!

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    October 1, 2016
  34. Well written, Lynne. I used to have a Vega. It lasted for years. I was rear ended in it in a chain reaction crash and the Vega was the only car that held up because it was a hatchback and the back of it had more reinforcement. Keep writing, I love it.

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    October 1, 2016
  35. Thank goodness you are free now, to write and live and be an inspiration. x

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    October 1, 2016
  36. Such writing talent, Lynn. Great chapter.

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    October 1, 2016
  37. Memories sweet memories, who knew what the future held hey Lynn. xxx

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    October 1, 2016
  38. You were a beautiful bride!

    Marcey

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    October 1, 2016
  39. You are beautiful and innocent in your white dress. I think this quality in you kept you going through the awfulness of the next thirty years. And gave you the strength to not live in denial. Yours is an amazing story. You are a natural writer. ❤

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    October 1, 2016
  40. Interesting that you wrote this on the day of your anniversary.

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    October 1, 2016
  41. Love this. Each piece of the puzzle leaves me wanting to pick up more and build the picture. That impatience is exactly what you want in the readers and from the rest of the comments, I’m not alone for a moment!

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    October 1, 2016
  42. The hope in this doesn’5 foreshadow your rocky future. I want life to be kind to that lovely bride.

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    October 1, 2016
  43. Such a gentle and innocent beginning, with only the slightest hint of foreboding in the request for secrecy.
    xx

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    October 1, 2016
  44. You are such a beautiful person! You are genuine, and loving. It’s just awful that he took such advantage of you.

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    October 2, 2016
  45. Lynn, this is beautiful writing. I think your devotion to telling the story is really coming through.

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    October 2, 2016
  46. So it begins…..I just love reading your life story…..I can actually see the both of you sitting in that old Vega, I had a blue one LOL I can feel your nerves and see the both of you….young, in love….oh my….if we only knew….don’t stop writing…..xxkat

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    October 2, 2016
  47. Lynn, you so write so beautifully!! This is how it all began! I can’t wait to read more 🙂

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    October 2, 2016
  48. Such innocence! Knowing what lay ahead of you makes the whole scene so much more haunting. Beautifully written, Lynn. 🙂

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    October 4, 2016
  49. Love all the detail you added! Although I have to admit because I know the story, the whole thing is so eerie to me now. I’m just glad you and your children are together and you have an open relationship with your parents again!

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    October 4, 2016
  50. Woww ! Beautifully written and you look so beautiful Lynz….

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    October 4, 2016

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