"I took care of my little part of this beautiful earth, you know," said someone who used to work with me.
"Yeah, " I smiled.
"Yes I did, in winter beautiful Holiday scenes, in Spring, my yard was full of Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths, in summer, you name the annuals and in fall my home was horrifically beautiful. "
"Oh, that sounds like a story book," was all I could come up with.
"Yes, my three quarters of an acre of this earth was kept like a story book, then I lost it all," I cannot say that I know the pain of divorce but I got an idea from the tone used.
"I am so sorry," I wish I could express how really sorry I was.
"Don't be, it was kind of my fault mostly, anyway," Now that took a lot of courage was what I was thinking.
"Don't be so harsh on yourself." I had to calm down the outburst.
"The thing is, I hate a mess, it is such a turn off you know but I did not realize that nagging is a bigger turn off. When there is no peace in the house, I guess people turn to outsiders." I could feel the bitterness behind that cough.
"You guys couldn't talk things out?" I don't know how to shut up.
"Not, when things go too far, I mean when someone else was able to provide the peace and calm I could never give."