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When Love Abandons You

I promised I would take care of her forever, watch over, protect, and never leave her. I made that promise to my mom when I was 5. I broke it 40 years later. She was a teenager when she married my dad; hastened by an unexpected pregnancy. I was born soon after. I remember her as beautiful, funny, kind and affectionate. My father left us when I was 5. I vividly remember the day, the weather and the smell of the room.
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