When I was 18 I felt that I was at a crossroads. I had a boyfriend who I loved, but I also knew that he was very controlling and I was unhappy. I knew he would not take a break up very well which increased my stress level. My mother knew that she wanted to get me away from him. She contacted my sister who lived 8 hours away and asked her if she would take me in to live with her husband and her two young boys while I attended a local college. My sister said yes. Deep down I knew this was the best solution for me. It was a sacrifice for my sister to take me in, but the deal was that I would pay rent and babysit her two children whenever she and her husband wanted to spend some alone time together.
I am forever grateful to my sister for taking me in. I could not imagine what my life would have been like had I not moved far away. Shortly after moving I reluctantly went on a blind date. Thirty- two years later I am sitting on the couch with that guy writing this post.