Copyright © Ros Glancey 2011

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‘We must do something,’ said Val. ‘I can’t bear to get to the end of next year with my life exactly the same.’

It is that time of year when the hurdle of Christmas is approaching; the days are short, damp and dark.

‘You need a new man.’ I say.

‘No, you do Jess.’

‘No I don’t.’ I say.

And this is true. I do not have room in my life for a new man.

When I arrived home that day after visiting my mother to find a note from Martin to say he had gone and I was surely not surprised, I sat down and put some music on, Mozart I think, and continued to try and read the book I was in the middle of. Well, I thought, That’s that. I knew enough divorced or separated older women to know that the solitary life would be mine hereafter and I had better get used to it. There were always books and music.

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