“Leaving Rolf” appeared in the anthology, When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers Over Fifty, from Holy Cow! Press in 2010.
I suppose you think you have a right to know, Terese, but if you were to ask me why I chose today to leave your father for good, I honestly couldn’t say. If you were to ask, why this day and not another, I would have no answer for you. Why now, you must be wondering, after forty-nine years of marriage? Why now, when he is at long-last no stronger than I, his strength and his rage worn down by age and years of drinking, his ability to grab me before I can get away hobbled by knees so badly damaged he can barely walk? Why now, when he hasn’t laid a hand on me in ten years?
I simply don’t know.