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Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)
TITLE: Leaving on a Greyhound
By Jeanne E Webster
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June 28, 1968
(Envelope with ďR_____Ē scribbled on it with note inside)
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.
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