Some connections are impossible to break. At least that’s what I feel.
A friend of mine gave me an example of this when we were talking the other day. We all hope our relationships will last forever, but sometimes cracks begin to show that cause you to think. It may just be that she is a mother of several children that she says this, but I think it runs deeper than that.
I was hugging her good bye and she repeated her usual comment to me about her family. “We are all one,” she said, “you are my family. I am here because of you. I love you and my children love you.”
I smiled a warm smile back at her as we parted.
We had been talking about so many things – as good conversations do and one of the topics was her relationship with her partner. I said he was a lovely man and she smiled and said, “Yes, he is, but that’s only the side he likes to show to people. Behind the scenes it’s different.”
I was shocked. She could see the disbelief on my face. “But, “ I stammered, “but ...”
“He is a good man,” she said, “and I love him but ...”
I waited for her to finish the sentence. I didn’t have any words that would fit into that heavy space that was now between us.
She smiled then, hugging me again she said, “We all have to be happy. In here.” She pointed to her heart. I nodded and murmured my agreement. I knew there was something else she wanted to say, so I hesitated from going towards the door. Taking a step closer to me, she said, almost casually, “I can’t love one man and leave the care of my children. He can go at any time. They remain forever. They are mine.”
Deep connections remain deep.