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A woman was washing dishes one night and as she looked at the plate she asked herself, “How many times have I washed this plate?” And she put the plate down, went to her room, packed a small bag, and left the house. That night she called home to check on the kids and said she loved them all but she just could not come home, she could never go back to that life. It was too constraining and she felt she would just die if she came back. She would call once or twice a week. Her family would tell her how much they loved her and ask her to return. She just said, “I can’t.” After a month, the husband hired a P.I. to find his wife. In a few weeks he located her in a town not too far away. She was living in a run down apartment in a bad part of town. One evening the husband left the kids with a sitter and went to the town, to the bad part of town, and to the run down apartment. As he knocked on the door his hands shook with fear. He was not sure he wanted to see her this way. He was not sure how she would react to him. As she opened the door, the husband could see the squalid condition of the apartment. His eyes filled with tears. His wife was shocked… and embarrassed. Haltingly he said, “Honey, I love you and I want you to come home to me and the kids.” She burst into tears and fell in his arms. On their ride home he asked her why she would come home with him now but not all the times he and the kids had asked her to. Her answer was, “Before I left, the love had gone out of our marriage. “I love you” was just words. But it became real today, when you came to me.”

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