Tiny Love Stories: ‘I Only Sort of Hope He’s Happy’


Ticket stubs, overseas cash. Life’s ephemera tossed right into a field. After my husband, Kevin, died of most cancers at 49, I packed it away on a shelf, unopened. Now, a decade later, it was time to look. I didn’t anticipate finding a letter, by no means delivered, from 2001, during which he admitted that he’d learn my journals and stated he missed that passionate author. He needed her again. An admission and a plea. If I may, I might inform him this: I missed that author, too, and located her once more together with your assist. Thank you, Kevin, for all the time realizing me greatest. — Lori Tucker Sullivan

I’m operating late to the airport, so our goodbye is quick: my suitcase, her arms round my waist, a kiss that’s beginning to really feel extra pure in public. The invisible string connecting me to my greatest pal turned girlfriend grows longer as we modify to FaceTimes, texts and one other time change. The lacking feels bodily this time, lodged in my clenched abdomen and knotted throat, as I daydream concerning the holidays together with her household, curled in a sweater below the darkish Chicago sky, marveling at how rapidly new love can arrive.— Michelle Hull

The center of the evening is after I miss my mama probably the most. She slipped away from sickness after I was solely 7. I take into consideration her as I rock my new child son to sleep. Bleary-eyed and craving for her recommendation, I look at my cellphone. The display screen illuminates the dimple on my son’s cheek, a dimple that has been handed right down to a 3rd era. Sometimes on these nights, I lengthy for the previous. But, as morning breaks, I hear my toddler chirping “Mama” and I’m reminded that my previous can be my current. — Ashley Arrington Blas

For seven years I attempted to make it work, however his peak got here between us. Joe Pye Weed was so tall that he would typically fall over, counting on me for assist. We each seemed foolish. He was attractive when the sunshine hit him good. But right now I dug him out of my life. Joe was an excellent plant; we simply weren’t good collectively, so I posted on Facebook that he was out there. A girl in a BMW arrived, walked throughout my garden and stated, “He’s perfect.” Then, Joe was gone. I solely type of hope he’s glad. — Caitlin Francke Boyle