"He Acts Like a Child"

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His Turn

"I've Always Tried to Protect Her"

"Why does Donna want to leave me?" said Leo, a handsome 46-year-old man. "I've always tried to protect her so she doesn't have to worry. I hate for her to get angry or feel anxious.

"I see the glass as half full and she sees it as half empty. Actually, it was her seriousness that first attracted me to her. I knew as soon as we started dating that she was the one for me. She was my first big romance and I was hers.

"I grew up an only child, and my parents showered me with love. We never had to say 'I love you' to each other; it was understood. Donna grew up thinking nobody cared about her. She thinks I don't love her if I don't say it, but that's just not my way. Don't I show I care by going to work every day and not running around on her?

"That's how my dad did it. My mother thought she called the shots in our house, but in truth Dad often protected her. One time I got in trouble at school, and he took care of it and said it would be our secret. He never let my mother know about financial problems because she would worry. Donna worries a lot, like my mother, so I guess I react the way my father did.

Continued on page 4:  His Turn, continued


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