She moved away without telling me, or saying goodbye.

bernardtwindwilGranddad & story teller,
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We all handle loss differently

She moved away without telling me, or saying goodbye.

by bernardtwindwil

In Oakland, CA August 1967

I went to my apt (flat). I was exhausted. My key didn't work in the lock. Some strange guy came to the door. I just had a couple of days at home. I asked for Kathe. He told me she moved.

Berkeley, CA next day

He gave me her new address in Berkeley. I found the house and knocked on the door. A girl came to the door. I asked for Kathe. She came to the door.

On that same dreary day

She said, "I moved here to get away from you." I said O.K., turned away and down the steps to my car. That was the last time I ever saw her. Behind a screen door arms folded across her chest.

She did not offer a reason. I did not ask for one.

Whatever reason she had made sense to her. It wouldn't make sense to me. I also knew that a boy had left her. A boy that no longer existed. I came back a man she didn't know.

I looked forward to fishing.

There always other fish in the sea. I returned to Germany. Four weeks later, I was sent to Vietnam again. Amid jeering throngs of people spitting and hating on me. I felt no sadness.

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@carmenseguitorr @LostInMyDreams My whole life has been a beautiful love story because after all the troubles I found my love of a lifetime. When people ask us how two headstrong people made it all those years. We always tell them, "More than two people have to want it to succeed."

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Wow! I can imagine your characters vividly. Great story, great opening for a true love story. congrats!

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Awwww! Such a touching story. You really know how to pull us in and take us down memory lane with you.