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Touch of Love:
Short Story Collection

by Chelle Cordero

An Empty House

No matter how many times I turned the key in the lock the room within was always empty. I kept waiting for the day he would return. I told him that I would wait as long as it took until he came back to me.

I missed my husband, I missed sleeping next to him every night, and I missed seeing him every morning as he dressed for work. Someone else was preparing his meals now, someone else was watching over him as he slept. So many days and weeks had passed as I cried myself to sleep every night… alone.

He left suddenly late one night in December. We had made plans to celebrate the holidays with the family, but our plans fell flat and there were no celebrations. I never expected him to leave our home like that and for me to be left all alone in that house, it seemed so big without him there. It hurt that I had to make arrangements just to see him, I even needed permission, and it had to be convenient for someone else’s schedule. Every time I called his phone just to say hello a female voice always answered and I had to ask if she would let me speak to him. My heart was breaking.

Our kids rallied around but they have their own lives, their own families and their own homes to go back to. I couldn’t keep depending on them, I wasn’t sure what my future held and I couldn’t keep them from living their own. I had to force myself to look strong for them, for my husband and most of all for me.

Even works of fiction reflect on the author’s life and experiences
and Touch of Love was truly inspired by lots of personal stories.

 

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JUST BROWSING THE INTERNET AND FOUND A FEW  TERRIFIC QUOTES

 

“Where there is love there is life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” ~ Mignon McLaughlin

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“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back.
Those who wish to sing always find a song.
At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ~ Plato

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“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” ~ Dave Meurer

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“The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.”
~ Robert C. Dodds

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“Savor life: don’t just breathe it in; exhale the moment to intake the next.”
~ KC Rhoads

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“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.” ~ Anne Lamott

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“Every pot will find its lid.” ~ Yiddish saying on marriage

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“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.”
~ James A. Michener

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“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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“At the very moment when people underestimate you is when you can make a breakthrough.” ~ Germany Kent

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“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~ Dale Carnegie

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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” ~ Mignon McLaughlin

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“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” ~ from the Song of Songs

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“Believe in Yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.” ~ Cynthia Kersey

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“There must be no thought of either man or woman being superior — each is complementary to the other; marriage is a partnership of equality, gentleness, generosity, calm and dedication.” ~ Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda, A Buddhist View

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“All the good times evaporated like naphtha, the moment some air of misconceptions touched it.” ~ Faraaz Kazi

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“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ~ Rumi

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“A true friend will never demand your time when it takes you away from one you love.” ~ RME

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“Never marry when under the guise you need to ‘see if it’ll work’, but rather marry because in your mind you want to make it work.” ~ Criss Jami

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“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”  ~  Dave Meurer

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“A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he knows something.”  ~ Wilson Mizner

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“Teenagers don’t know what love is. They have mixed-up ideas. They go for a drive and the boy runs out of gas and they smooch a little and the girl says she loves him. That isn’t love. Love is when you are married twenty-five years, smooching in your living room and he runs out of gas and she says she still loves him.  That’s love.” ~ Norm Crosby

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“The mere process of growing old together will make our slightest acquaintances seem like bosom friends.” ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

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“To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice.”
~ John Emerich Edward Dalberg

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“Where there is love there is life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

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“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” ~ Dave Meurer

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“I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

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“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.” ~ Zig Ziglar

AN ACT OF DOMESTIC ABUSE OCCURS EVERY 12 SECONDS IN THE U.S.

It wasn’t my intention to present a classic case of Domestic Abuse when I wrote Karma Visited, but Annie Furman is in a BAD marriage where her husband keeps her from friends and family, monitors her moves, doles out only enough money to purchase groceries, berates her verbally, and forces servitude on her.

Annie Furman is a classic case of an abused wife

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from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center:

Domestic abuse, or “battering”, is a pattern of abuse by one partner against the other, for the purpose of maintaining power and control…
Psychological battering: The abuser’s psychological or mental abuse can include constant verbal abuse, harassment, excessive possessiveness, fault-finding, isolating the woman from friends and family, deprivation of physical and economic resources, and destruction of personal property.

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