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  • Writer's pictureCarol Wiebe

Feeling Safe


Do you ever feel tied down? she asked.

Never, he answered without a moment’s hesitation.

Some people get bored with only one partner. She was pushing a little.

Listen, he said, I tell people that I have enjoyed quite a few different women in my life, and all of them are you.

Now I know why people look at me in such a quizzical way, she grinned, like they can’t figure out who the heck I am.  But a person can’t stay the same, it’s essential to keep growing . . . .

My point exactly, he replied.

No wonder my friends call him a keeper, she thought.

Tied Down

Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ………..~ Dinah Craik, in A Life for a Life, 1859

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