After his wife told Harold to pack his bags, he knew that he was going to be on his own, at least for a while. He actually didn’t mind being alone for a change. He felt that his wife was always watching him like a hawk, ready to swoop down and pounce on him if he did something or said something that she didn’t approve of.

But Harold, who believed in the sanctity of marriage, decided, despite her raffish treatment of him, to continue the pretense of the happy couple. Until, of course, she tossed him out, which served as yet another reminder of how truly unhappy he was living with her.

As it turned out, Harold was much happier living apart, and he quickly learned that being alone was more liberating than staying with her and being lonely together.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (pack), Your Daily Word Prompt (raffish), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pretense), Word of the Day Challenge (reminder), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (lonely).

10 thoughts on “Liberated

  1. Sadje July 26, 2021 / 6:11 pm

    This has a ring of truth to it. Many couples are lonely together when they could be happy apart.

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  2. Stine Writing July 26, 2021 / 7:27 pm

    Good story and ironically I was talking to someone today about how my dad’s last partner was that way, swooping down to pick on everything he did and said. Now I am trying to untrain that behavior. Today, for example, he wanted to change a few nic-nacs on the tv stand and when I told him he could go do it himself he was so happy! Granted he is like a kid now but still he was afraid to touch anything! Lol. I don’t have that much energy!

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  3. jilldennison July 26, 2021 / 10:44 pm

    Good one, Fandango, and I suspect many men are secretly relieved when the ‘knot’ becomes untied!

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  4. Terveen Gill July 27, 2021 / 5:07 am

    A hard lesson to learn. But it’s so necessary and helpful. 🙂

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  5. KL Caley July 27, 2021 / 8:54 am

    Great post. I wonder how many people would see a reflection of themselves or friends/family whilst reading. KL ❤️

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  6. Nope, Not Pam July 28, 2021 / 3:17 am

    Very valid 😊

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  7. leigha66 August 10, 2021 / 11:41 am

    “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” – Robin Williams

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