1983

My mom grew up without a lot of money. She made sure she didn’t struggle financially as an adult. My step dad runs a car dealership and has always made good money. We live in a brand new house on the outskirts of town.
We are driving home after my mom picks me up from my private school and I see this boy standing in this garage. He is staring out across the field. He is wearing cut off shorts and a red, cut up T-shirt. He has dirty blonde hair.
He never even looks my way.
Time stands still. Everything gets quiet. I hold my breath as we drive past him.
That is going to be my husband. I said those exact words to my mom. Do you know what she says? She says “Don’t be an idiot, Alabama, you don’t even know that boy.”
Well I proved her wrong and I married that boy…

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