Read Me on Living in the Gap

Marriage is complicated. It’s an ongoing challenge that requires energy and commitment beyond vows. I believe it is a commitment to compromise.

My marriage was an alliance forged for a couple of reasons. One was love. The other was obligation.

It was frightening to write about where my husband and I have been and how we got where we are, but when Cheryl Oreglia prompted me as part of the Survive Your Story Guest Exchange, I couldn’t say no. I hope you’ll take a moment to read my work on her site, and that you’ll come back Friday to read her story here.

“When we met, we were high schoolers. I lived with an abusive and conservatively religious family. Nathan was a way out.”

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Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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