wings and things

Chapter 20: The other woman [1982 – 1987]

on September 2, 2021

After Gar died I was obviously redundant. No longer needed to look after her, I didn’t have a role in Anthony’s life in any pragmatic way. So, once again, and again, and again, I left the situation.

I worked on a sheep station up north; I worked in London as a nanny; I began and finished a nursing qualification; I worked as a waitress at a pancake restaurant; I worked at hostels for people who had multiple disabilities; I worked in nursing homes: I worked in the hospital where I had trained; I worked as a live-in carer for the wealthy mother of an entrepreneur, Alan Bond; I worked day and night shifts at a respite house for the disabled.

And every single second of every hour of every day of all of my working life during this period of time was consumed into a vacuum of despair and hope in equal parts. My whole being was shattered by the fact that Anthony was with this other woman because, by then, he and I had become secretly romantic. At 23, I was no longer too young. I was eager, he was reticent, were both confused. Nevertheless, we started to ‘date’ on the sly.

In a sense, all of my dreams had come true. Anthony and I were now romantically entwined. But he still had the more age-appropriate girl-friend, the other woman.

It took me a few years to realize that it was me who was the other woman.

6 responses to “Chapter 20: The other woman [1982 – 1987]

  1. beth says:

    paradigm shift

  2. judyrutrider says:

    This is one of your best written segments. I’m always curious about the writing process for others. How long does it take to hone a piece like this? For me, a dilettante, I do little more than proof read before publishing; so, I’m always impressed when I read more carefully crafted compositions. Oh, and love stories (not bodice rippers) are my guilty pleasure.

  3. Who I am says:

    That had to be so difficult being the the other woman when you were actually the woman

  4. susanpoozan says:

    You are so clever in the way you end each chapter with a powerful sentence.

  5. I liked this, you and Ants were meant to be

  6. Anonymous says:

    Another page turner! Real life, well yours anyway, sure is stranger than fiction!

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