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I thought maybe I would leave you.

A bad scan of a beautiful negative from my friend Brett Wood.


I thought maybe I would leave you, but first we needed to make breakfast, because no one cooks eggs the way you do, and I bought your favorite kind of bacon.

I thought maybe I would leave you, but first I wanted to talk to you for several hours about a difficult client and a challenging project and a brewing idea.

I thought maybe I would leave you, but first we needed to finish binge-watching that TV show we both love, the one with the amazing writing and brilliant acting and unbelievable cinematography.

I thought maybe I would leave you, but first I wanted your opinion on the next lens to buy and the best way to frame those prints from the market and which record to play during dinner.

I thought maybe I would leave you, but first we needed to revisit our conversations about religion and God and what life really means and why we’re all here.

I thought maybe I would leave you, but first I wanted you to keep me company while I drove to the bank and bought groceries and wondered around the fabric store.

I thought maybe I would leave you, but first we needed to eat at that new restaurant, the one with all the drinks and the yummy menu, and also that other restaurant, and that cafe, and that coffee shop.

I thought maybe I would leave you, but first I wanted to look at your face just a little while longer.

I thought maybe you would leave me, but you said, “No, never.”

I thought maybe we wouldn’t make it. But we are here, still.

Because every time I thought “Maybe it’s over,” I called my dearest friend to share my sorrows, and you were on the other end.

Happy 10th wedding anniversary, my love. Here’s to 100 more.


5 Comments to I thought maybe I would leave you.

  1. Beautiful. And 100% true. Happy anniversary! Cheers to many more :)

  2. Molly Bussie

    Beautiful !! :-)

  3. Love the line about finishing binge watching that TV show.

  4. Nora James

    Amazing … and so true! Love your work.

  5. ms

    This just made me tear up. Certainly rings a bell <3