It was subtle, over time. You wouldn't be able to see it happen, but it did.
I myself didn't even realize it was happening. But it did.
It was a slow fade, like my favorite black tee.
Over the years, I told myself I didn't want or need things.
He worked hard; I stayed home with the kids and the house.
I made excuses for bad behavior. I walked on eggshells.
I stuck my head in the sand.
I convinced myself that most marriages were like mine.
I tried to do things to make everybody else happy to the point I forgot what made me happy.
We had white knuckled it through some really choppy waters.
I had grit my teeth so hard at times, it amazed me they didn't snap and crumble.
I handled things, I persevered, and I stuck it out.
I gave it my all.
I gave it all.
I gave all of me.
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