No Attachments Necessary

#FFFC93Watching different vehicles emerge from the mist as she waited for the bus was like a mirror of her life. Tory felt like she had been waiting around for so long for the right partner, the right job, the right moment to live her life.

If only the future could be guaranteed, then maybe she would be comfortable to make decisions and plans. She had grown up with the constant entrenchment that her place was to serve a husband and a family, and those lofty goals were his. You were meant to support him, and follow happily and unquestioning. So when the man that she did find – her husband – cheated on her it was no surprise that her parents asked what she did wrong.

The universe had blessed her with a strong, independent school friend who had stayed true and quiet despite her objections to the path she had gone down. Now she was teaching Tory the art of being a modern woman. It didn’t mean you couldn’t have a husband and family, it just meant that you didn’t need one, you could choose. These things didn’t complete you.

For the first time in her life, Tory believed she herself was enough on her own without attachments. She didn’t need to be somebody’s daughter or somebody’s wife to be important. She just was.

by Debbie Gravett © 2020.11.24

FFFC: Flash Fiction Challenge #93
Main Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Inserted Image by StreetRealityPhotogr at DeviantArt

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