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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)

TITLE: Leaving on a Greyhound
By Jeanne E Webster
10/27/10


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Leaving on a Greyhound


June 28, 1968

(Envelope with ďR_____Ē scribbled on it with note inside)


R______,
Iíve decided Iíve had enough of your beating me up, so Iím leaving you. Youíll find the kids in the base nursery. I know youíll take good care of them. Itís only me that you beat up. Iíve tried everything I know to hang in there, especially for my kids. I spoke with the base chaplain and he advised me to go to marriage counseling. I told him no way would you go for that. I planned to take the kids with me but he said Iíd be arrested for kidnapping, so thatís out. IĎve never worked outside our home anyway, so how could I support four kids? I had an appointment, as you know, with the Judge Advocateís office to apply for a divorce. Your trick with the German luger pointed at the side of my head forced me to cancel that. As I see my options, one is stay and seek a divorce, ending up with me dead and you in prison for life, our kids having no parents at all. Two, I take the kids and end up in prison for kidnapping. Itís a lose, lose situation for my kids.

You need help, R______. Since youíve been home from ĎNam, youíre totally different. Youíre not the loving man that I married. Youíre mean and abusive to me. I just canít take it anymore. You said you would never let me have a divorce, that no one else would ever have me. That leaves me with my only option to survive: leave while youíre at work.

Take good care of the kids and may God forgive you for making me leave my whole world behind.

Signed________


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/29/10
I hear about true stories lime this all of the time. You did an incredible of capturing the emotions of the MC.
Beth LaBuff 10/31/10
:( ...so very heartbreaking. Many from that war were permanently altered.
Jan Ackerson 11/01/10
Very heartbreaking and real.

I have a hard time with a woman who would leave four children with an emotionally wounded man who had held a gun to her head.

The emotional content of the letter is raw and gripping.
Lollie Hofer 11/01/10
So sad...you did a good job expressing her anguish. I deeply felt it.
Genia Gilbert11/05/10
I didn't get much reading done last week, but just now saw this. It is well written, has in it harsh reality, heartbreaking honesty, and deep emotional pain. Great writing!