The Days I Left My Husband

By Patricia Kett
Posted 7/19/19

Day 1: My husband burned the house down.I put the cats in the car, waited for the children to get home from school.He took off in the other car before the firemen finished.

Day 2: The kids and I …

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The Days I Left My Husband

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Day 1: My husband burned the house down.
I put the cats in the car, waited for the children to get home from school.
He took off in the other car before the firemen finished.

Day 2: The kids and I stayed with various friends,
until we were offered an apartment.

Day 3: I moved myself, kids and cats
into the apartment with donations from strangers.
I signed the lease, not allowed at that time,
only a husband ‘s signature was valid.
The manager told me to make sure he signed it when he returned.

Day 4: He returned. He claimed there were plenty of women
who wanted him. I told him to find one.
I did not mention the lease.
I drove him to the bus stop,
bought his ticket,
waved good-bye
and exhaled.

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