Nine years ago to the day .... It wasn't just any ring. It was the ring, a symbolic ring - a wedding band worn on the left hand closest to the heart.
He'd left it behind while he lived and worked away in Miami Beach. I didn't know until he told me to, "Be sure and remember my ring." I found it on his dresser and crumpled to the floor in tears.
I decided I would not accommodate, I would not assist, I would not rescue ... Instead, I would walk away without looking back. I was free.