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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Melanie’s story

Melanie is a devoted mother who lives with her teenage daughter. She has an active social life and uses her business experience to run consulting projects on an independent basis.

I met a man and feel deeply in love. I was so certain that he was the one that I chose to excuse the fierce independence he held on to and ignored the strange way our relationship played out over the next seven years. We both worked in the same company; we shared so much and yet so little. Plenty of work, plenty of play, plenty of talk – but no ‘real’ communication. Two people, two lives, two bank accounts – too different. I had needs – he did not do neediness. I wanted to make plans – he lived for today. I liked the idea of mutuality – he loved independence. ...

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