Iowa Writes

The Way It Was

       That's the way it was when we were first married, Karin thought.  When there were just the two of them in that tiny apartment before the children came and they moved to a house in the suburbs because the schools were good and Joe had had one promotion and another coming just any day now.  Before they were--how did it happen so fast —in their thirties and then their forties and the bills began to pile up and they had to have two cars and after that second promotion, they bought the new house because they had to have more room and then there were no more promotions, and she had screwed her courage to the sticking point, as it says somewhere, and gone job hunting, although now, even with that second income they could barely make ends meet, and the time with friends or the time to simply be alone together had shrunk to nothing.  What happened?  What went wrong?  We used to be together all the time—in front of the TV, in the car, always, and now?  I don't even know where he is half the time.  Meeting at the door, in the driveway, one going one way, one another.  One of us taking one child someplace, the other another.  We sleep together and that is what we do, sleep.  Was this what we wanted, what we strove for—this is not the way it was, not at all.

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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Marian Wade is a native of Kansas City and has lived in Prairie Village, Kansas for more than sixty years.  In 2012, she hopped on a bus, rode to Iowa City for the Summer Writing Festival and is currently working on a trilogy about the French Revolution.

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