Thursday, October 23, 2008

Only Words

“But I love you!” John beseeched.

“Those are just words, John. You don’t know what love is. If you loved me, you wouldn’t cheat. If you loved me, you wouldn’t belittle everything I do. If you loved me, you wouldn’t call me stupid. Love is more than just saying the words,” Lisa replied.

“I’ve taken care of you all these years. Gave you a roof over your head, food to eat, a car. Doesn’t that count for anything?” John asked.

“All those are material things. Yes, they were nice and I thank you for them, but you never gave me what I really needed. Someone to listen and share my dreams with; someone to talk to about what was going on in my life, a shoulder to cry on. You never offered any of those things,” Lisa said as a tear rolled down her cheek. “I’ve tried so hard to make this work. I asked about your day, spend time with your friends, and tell you how smart I think you are. I SHOWED you my love, John. But I’m all out now. I just can’t do this anymore.”

“So you’re just going to leave? Just walk out on our life and never come back.”

“Yes. I have to. It hurts too much to stay. I deserve better than this, John. I’m worth more than this. It took me a long time to figure that out, but I finally have,” Lisa said with a rueful shake of her head. “I hope you learn what love really means, John. I really do.”

“Oh, and one more thing,” Lisa calls on her way out the door. “Don’t say the words if you don’t mean them.”


Jena Isle said...

This a sad scenario. Shouldn't love be spontaneous? When one truly lovers a person, these loving acts should emanate voluntarily.

I think it was not really true love , to start with.

Sometimes lust is confused with love. Love is much much more than physical attraction.

That was a short but touching post. Touche'.

Keep posting.

Angel said...

You are right, it wasn't real love on his part. I'm glad you liked the story.

jena isle said...

that was a quick response, that should read : "When one truly LOVES a person..." sorry or the typo.

Angel, you are a good writer and more should read you. I hope you visit my blogs to read about how.


Angel said...

I have it set to notify me of comments and I'm up late tonight.

Thank you for the kind words. I will check your blog out soon.

~willow~ said...

wow. this was a blast from the past. You immediately had me going back to see what I'd written a while ago about "The Green-Eyed Monster" I was with for a few years... not quite the same situation, but the difference in how each saw "love" definitely resonates...