I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge.
My Dearest L.L.,
It has been almost 29 years since we were hooked up together. The day I moved into my new house, you joined me, and we have been connected ever since... until today. But now that my husband knows the cost of us staying together, he says it's a waste of money to keep our relationship. He told me that we must say goodbye.
My heart breaks because I will no longer hear the tone of your voice. You were by my side during the most important moments of my life. You were there when I told my mother that the baby was on its way, and when I found out that I got my first teaching job. You were beside my bed as we waited to here the words, "He's gone."
You let me carry you around as Megan, Ethan, and I played outside. You hid in the laundry basket as I carried laundry up from the basement, making sure no one knew you were there. And you sat beside me on the rocker as the kids napped and as I read a book on the porch. Just you and me, together all this time.
Today, I said goodbye. It was one of the hardest things I have had to do because long-distance relationships are hard to find these days.
So this is goodbye. I'll remember you forever, my love, my dearest LandLine.