The Gondolier Went Home

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PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

Meg looked around the room, taking note of the socks and boxers on the floor and the dirty dishes on the dresser.  She closed her eyes.

She remembered Paul as he was when she met him, smart, athletic and witty.  She thought of the fancy restaurants and the off-Broadway shows.

Life was a constant holiday, a gondola ride on a sunny canal.  Her head was in the clouds.

Married for five years she now only saw the piles of garbage and the infrastructure, the daily routine, dinners at home followed by TV.

When did the romance fade and reality intrude?

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Word count = 100

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Yeah, a pessimistic view on life ;)  I’ll try to be sunnier next week…

48 thoughts on “The Gondolier Went Home

  1. notestowomen

    Great story! The honeymoon is over. Romance is replaced with reality. Many couples start off on a high note but end up in a rut. One can only hope that something will change and the fire is rekindled in their marriage.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! Sometimes when that bright, sparkly romance wears thin there is something deeper underneath to sustain it. Hopefully they can find that.

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  2. Fatima Fakier

    Wow, this was depressingly real. Have we bought in to the romantic ideals of love and marriage / partnership a bit too much? Reality bites, and as you say this happens eventually and up to both parties to make it work or grow the romance into something else.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think most people know that we have to do something to make a relationship grow, but we do buy into that fairytale ending that we’ll live happily ever after….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      You could be right. After the romance is gone couples usually at least care for each other and hopefully love each other, perhaps even finding themselves in a deeper and truer relationship, but there are a few that end up with resentment each other and other unfriendly feelings…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, too often that is the case… It’s still nice to believe that a fairy tale romance can exist out there, Perhaps in 10 years Meghan will still wake up, look at Harry snoring next to her, feel the pull on the heart strings and totally not notice that the maid hasn’t cleaned the bed chamber in hours ;) That’s what we all want to believe, isn’t it?

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  3. granonine

    You’ve no idea how often this question arises when I’m doing marital counseling. The shine comes off quickly for some. I’ve come to the conclusion that romance has to be stoked and stroked if it’s to be kept alive. It won’t happen if a couple doesn’t MAKE it happen.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      People don’t want to have to work for their magic. But then, often what we work for is worth a lot more than what we “just get”. I believe that often that sparkly new romance can fade but turn into something else, something even deeper and more fulfilling, if not as exciting.

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  4. pennygadd51

    Fluently written with an eye for the significant detail. You make me want to sit down with Meg and ask her – in the nicest possible way, and over a mug of coffee – what she intends to do about it. She doesn’t need to be passive and wait for Paul to take the initiative!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Didn’t they make a movie about that? Starred Marilyn Monroe? The Seven Year Itch… I’ve made it about 20 so far, so I guess I’m in for the long haul. That romance is gone, but it turned into something different.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      You are right, but often the more years it takes for the glow of initial romance to dull the deeper the relationship under that surface becomes. When the honeymoon is over when the words “I do” are said, it’s over and nothing can save it. It does sound like Meg had much time to get to that deeper relationship…

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  5. Rowena

    Well done, Trent and I particularly liked your last line: When did the romance fade and reality intrude? I think many married couples have asked that question and hopefully it’s ultimately resulted in a bit of a jolt to the routine and an effort to spice things up. I know for us the demands of parenthood can give you little time or energy to focus on each other. We actually managed to get out for a lovely dinner with just the two of us in Newcastle on Saturday night, which I mentioned in my coffee share. Here’s a link: https://www.hunterhunter.com.au/newcastle/talulah-bar The decor is amazing.
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I think too many people live a version of this story. Of course we can’t expect things to be all magic and romance our entire lives, but on the other hand, we can make an effort at it. As i said in another comment, there are people that can keep those feelings alive for years to come, while others kill it the minute the say, “I do.”

      Glad you had a chance for a date night. I tried to keep up with the coffee share, but I might have missed yours.

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      1. Rowena

        My coffee stops were a bit erratic this last week. We’ve been off to quite a few performances in the last week with more to come. My son is also doing lights and back stage and enjoying it. We’ve had a great week. Hope things have been going well for you.
        Best wishes,
        Rowena

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              Your weekend has started already, hasn’t it? I just started work but am taking a short break to answer blog comments ;) Have a great weekend!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, the honeymoon is over, but it’s worse than that. There are some who can keep that romance alive for many years, but there other others that it dies the minute they say , “I do.” I think this couple is one of the latter…

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