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Confessions of a Single Woman

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I’m just a woman. Not very young anymore. Divorced. Single. Living, working, resting. Tired of it, that everyone who is not lazy looking for an excuse to reproach me for my marital status. Why does a man have the right to be single? Divorced is great! A single woman is looked upon as a leper. I’m very tired of it.

I want to go to the theater, to the movies. I take a ticket. One. And the cashier says sympathetically: “Why didn’t your husband buy one for you?” And the devil made me say there is no husband. She lowered her eyes, and quietly and sympathetically: “Well, everyone will be there with someone, but what about you?”

I want to go to the theater, to the movies. I take a ticket. One. And the cashier says sympathetically: “Why didn’t your husband buy one for you?” And the devil made me say there is no husband. She lowered her eyes, and quietly and sympathetically: “Well, everyone will be there with someone, but what about you?”

Going to another city to visit friends by bus. A very elderly neighbor is interested:

“Why didn’t your husband come with you?” I lie, so I don’t get pestered: “My husband is on a business trip.

In the village, where everyone has known me since childhood, after my divorce they just look at me as a woman of easy virtue. Some people even stopped saying hello. I ask my friend why this is so?

– Since you didn’t hold on to your husband, they think you’re inferior.

I’m complete just to go to work. There is no need to walk together with my husband by the hand. Why am I complete enough to go to the store alone, clean alone, cook alone, check my son’s homework alone? But to go to the movies, to go on vacation – it turns out I am incomplete. And at the same time, it is worth it to dress better, do unusual hairstyles, as they say very unpleasant things.

Going to a friend’s birthday party. I had my makeup done, my hair done. I like myself. I get on the streetcar. A kind conductor gives me a “compliment”: “Why are you so fancy, pensioner? My husband doesn’t look after you. There you go. And so not so. And otherwise bad. I’m sick of it! I just want to live. The way life has turned out, that’s the way to live!

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