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Summer love-4

This series details the beginning and how I met him. The first few installments can be found here:

https://lynzrealcooking.com/2018/06/01/1-summer-love-life-story/

https://lynzrealcooking.com/2018/06/08/summer-love-2/

https://lynzrealcooking.com/2018/06/15/summer-love-series-3/

 

Spokane, Wa. 1982

Patterned tones now escalated to a racket that could no longer be ignored and sluggish fingers batted at the clock that sat on a maple nightstand just beyond my reach. The realization that I had overslept sent me into a panicked rush. There was still plenty of time to make it but it would be close. I jumped into the shower and slathered soap and shampoo everywhere quickly washing off the stench of grease and grime from the night before. Work clothes were pulled over wet arms and legs and a search for the soiled apron that had been washed and dried became my primary focus. Tossing sheets and pillows brought me back to the bedpost where the green apron hung and was then thrown into my bag.  I grabbed car keys, brushed my hair and walked out of the middle door and down the gravel driveway.

The sound of an engine roaring up the dirt road went unnoticed as I backed the car out from between two large trees. Honking from a brown vehicle just behind me prompted slamming on brakes, narrowly missing the front fender. No one ventured up the mile long road that wove and tucked beneath a heavy forest. Only five houses marked the path up to the end where the last home stood. White shingles, numerous decks and three floors stacked one on top of the other all comprised the wood house, topped with a triangular shaped skylight. Aunt Tutu had described it as the crazy house on the hill when she introduced us to this unique and well-hidden home that stood just overlooking her property. She could not imagine a family home that resembled a “bachelor pad” and had watched as it was built just 2 years before. But as we entered it was clear, this was the place and would be for some forty years to come.

The vehicle heaved and came to a loud stop just between my car and a large pine that towered beyond a blue and white speckled sky. It was him, the Middle Eastern man from the weekend before. Final words that day had indicated that he would like to visit and I had given a nod and grin, knowing this most likely meant nothing.  His arms wrapped around my waist and he reminded me that he was a man of his word and always kept his promise.

 

 

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  1. Sheesh!!

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    June 29, 2018
  2. Did he live in the crazy house on the hill?

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    June 29, 2018
    • No that was my parents very cool house that we lived in for years. He lived in an apartment in Pullman wa.

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      June 29, 2018
      • Oh, there was some confusion as I was reading it. I see. I tell you I believe many of us remain relieved that God protects the innocent and fools as my Irish mother used to say. There are many times many of us might have followed your path.

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        June 29, 2018
        • My intuition is very good and over the years has saved me as I traveled and lived in some challenging area. I have been lucky. If something doesn’t seem right, I leave.

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          June 29, 2018
  3. My skin crawls as you innocently walk straight into his net …. the crazy house on the hill seems an apt venue for the continuation of this dreadful folly. Xoxo

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    June 29, 2018
  4. Oh my, the plans that are woven without our knowledge. Innocence is not always bliss. You definitely were pulled into his web. xoxo

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    June 29, 2018
  5. It’s hard to read, knowing what comes next. But not hard to read, knowing where you are now and what you have. ❤

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    June 29, 2018
  6. Abusive men are such charmers, Lynn, and they know just what to do. When I used to counsel families that suffered from domestic abuse, those men could even convince me that they were wonderful husbands and fathers. I knew better because of my training, but they are masters of the trap. I’m so sorry that he set his sights on you and so glad that you found the incredible strength to break free. Sending huge hugs. ❤

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    June 29, 2018
    • Wow that is interesting that you know! Really know. Yes he tricked everyone along the way. My neighbor on the compound told me she was shocked, he was the perfect husband, I the perfect wife, the perfect family. She was speechless until she started thinking and looking back at little things that seemed unimportant!! Thank you for this comment. I fear divorcing because I know his power of persuasion and his charm, he tricks everyone and they seem to believe him.

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      June 29, 2018
      • I certainly understand the fear, Lynn. In most states, divorce doesn’t require a reason or someone to be at fault. It’s purely a choice. At some point, you may want to talk to an attorney. It may be a whole lot easier than you think.

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        June 29, 2018
        • I have talked to two lawyers but worry I will lose the home we share. They cannot guarantee anything and say that any money saved in Saudi would not be considered and even anything here might be split. It’s the only stable place that the kids have had so I hate to even try to divorce. I guess just wait and see? Thanks again Diana xoxo

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          June 29, 2018
          • I am also still married, but permanently separated, from my husband. For exactly the same reason. I am living in the community property home and cannot afford to move until I retire and move out of California. I am currently looking at Idaho and Montana as possible sites. So who knows, we may meet some day. ((hugs)) Belinda

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            June 29, 2018
          • oh yah! Nice Belinda, neighbors? xx

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            June 29, 2018
          • Ah. You’ve done your homework, then. I think you’ll know when the time is right, and as long as he’s out of your life, wait and see will give you and your kids time. Hugs, my friend. I wish it were easier. ❤

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            June 29, 2018
          • Thanks so much! Your support means allot to me Diana! x

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            June 29, 2018
  7. Oh Lynn! I read what sounds so sweet but yet has a sinister undertone to it because of knowing what comes next and just the way he says, “I always keep my promises.” gives me chills.

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    June 29, 2018
    • yes it really does give me a chill too Joy! thank you for reading and commenting x

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      June 29, 2018
      • Thank you for sharing! I am sure that it still does give you a chill! So happy that you and your family are safe and happy now.

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        June 29, 2018
  8. Alice #

    “His arms wrapped around my waist and he reminded me that he was a man of his word and always kept his promise.”
    How your life changed from this loving man to a monster!!!

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    June 29, 2018
  9. Thoughtless of you even then, so many warning signs one can only see in hindsight. But nine years of freedom and a healthy happy growing family is something to be proud. And like me, you walked away with all the treasure, an extended family that loves you beyond measure. Belinda

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    June 29, 2018
    • Shoot Lynn, I mean HE was thoughtless of you even then. I see how this could be taken incorrectly. Sorry Belinda

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      June 29, 2018
  10. Lynn, shaking my head! How you were caught in
    his web of persuasive lies. So happy your memories and writing are in the years ago past tense. Your life today happy & peaceful with your loving family! 📚 Christine

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    June 29, 2018
  11. I to shudder to think of what was to happen next Lynn.
    Leslie ❤

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    June 29, 2018
  12. Even though I know how this ends, I still get chills wondering where it is going. This series is some of your best writing, Lynn.

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    June 29, 2018
  13. You write so amazingly. I am so glad when I read this I know there is a good ending!

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    June 29, 2018
  14. This definitely seems like stalking in retrospect. But we can be so easily fooled, all of us. I agree, it’s good to know when reading this that there is a happy ending. (K)

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    June 29, 2018
  15. There’s something lyric and slightly wicked (in a fun way) in the closing line.

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    June 29, 2018
    • Thank you for reading and for your comment. I still think about those kind of comments and what was behind them!

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      June 29, 2018
  16. It is easy to see how you were drawn in, Lynn

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    June 30, 2018
  17. Ah, and the nightmare begins! Sending hugs!

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    June 30, 2018
  18. He started out so innocent. Who would know he was a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

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    June 30, 2018
    • yes I thought he was amazing, calm, patient and true!

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      June 30, 2018
      • I’m sure he really fooled you because if you would have known you wouldn’t have married him! But you got 9 beautiful and wonderful children so there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

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        June 30, 2018
  19. Your series is so well written. I think it must be a healing endeavor for your to see your past with him for what it really was. ❤

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    June 30, 2018
  20. Did he ever tell you that he loved you at first sight? Why do you think he decided to “stalk” you as you indicated in your earlier comment? I’m not saying you had no choice and that it wasn’t you choosing him as much as he chose you, but why do you think he decided to “pick” you?

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    July 1, 2018
    • I think he truly tested me many times over and over. I didn’t see it that way though! Other immature guys I knew were not following me but were actually more normal! He did little things and I gave in although I thought I was being tough. I never saw it that way and did not know about abuse. He used to say he loved me more than anyone could and he was always present until we secretly married at which time he just quit being attentive! I felt I had done something wrong although he was still very kind and calm. So a slow progression for sure! He always said I begged to be with him and so I saw it that way until my kids told me that was absurd. They turned things around for me! Basically I believe he saw I had no confidence in my looks and was an easy target!

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      July 2, 2018
      • Wow. You have your eyes wide open now and you’re in command of yourself. You grew true to your nature as an intelligent and compassionate person. You are now blossoming in every way as you see love and life as it should be led by witnessing your children’s enriched lives.

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        July 2, 2018
  21. I know how this story goes so, I know he did not keep his promises, and turned into the Monster he really is. Thankfully, I know the ending too, and am happy you are no longer in his clutches!

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    July 10, 2018
  22. I read this knowing that there is a good ending/beginning …you know when you start to read a story….and something draws you into reading the last chapter just in case it doesn’t go the way you want it to.

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    August 14, 2018

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