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Fourth Year Anniversary of Flight to Freedom

August 14, 2014
Celebrating today the 4th Anniversary of Freedom.

On this date in 2010, I woke up—homeless.

I slept in a nice, warm bed in the in-law suite of my best friend, but I realized, on awakening, I was homeless.

The day before, on what was, ironically, my 33rd wedding anniversary, I left my husband, my home, my community, my ward family, my siblings, nieces and nephews. I left a job I loved, the reputation I had built for over twenty years in my community, and began my journey to freedom.

It wasn’t easy.

But if I did it, anybody can.

A post from my divorce memoir: The Year of My Divorce


August 14, 2010

August 13: Anniversary of Old Life.

August 14: Inauguration of New Life

Today I am officially homeless.

I mean, I woke up in a cozy bed in a huge, beautiful room at Kathy’s, but yesterday, I left my home of twenty years forever.

Months ago it seemed like this day wouldn’t get here soon enough. I remember saying “2010 is going to be the longest year of my life,” and it has been. And it ain’t over yet.

Divorce is a long process. And it won’t be final until January 1 or thereafter. But at least I won’t have to see him—or hear him—every day. I’ve chosen to go far away. I don’t think I could bear being anywhere near him, or happen to run into him for any coincidence. Far away is the only place for me to go.

Today, I’m feeling down. My identity is gone. I don’t have a job to feel useful in. I don’t have a marriage. I don’t have a home.

But I do have faith in God that I will be well taken care of and looked after. I have a fine family and many faithful friends. I am full of hope.

It’s just . . . today I am homeless.


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Timmy Larson said...

Divorce is typically a painful experience to deal with. There are a lot of process to undergo and changes to adapt to. And it was disheartening that you had to experience all that. But despite all of the hardships, it’s good to know that you’re getting stronger as years goes by. Keep it up!

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Susan said...

Thank you for your post. I appreciate your comments. After five years, I'm still wondering when I will heave the baggage, though I believe my load has been lightened somewhat by time.
I am honored that a divorce lawyer would post on my blog, but I do have another lawyer as a follower. I appreciate any and all advice you might have.