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What is love?

By 12345678910, South Plainfield, NJ

I knew he was about to leave so I ran out there as fast as I could. I still remember the feeling of the dampness on my bare feet as I raced across the wet pavement. I made it just in time. He rolled down the window, and with tears in my eyes, I asked, “Daddy, why are you leaving us?” His answer was, “Because I love your mother, but I’m not in love with her.”

That day marked the time in my childhood when everything stopped making sense. In my eyes, if he really loved her, he would have stayed and tried to work things out. As a child I deduced that he must not have truly loved her, and he must not truly love me. This has caused me to question marriage and love altogether. It is currently a statistic that nearly half of the couples who get married in America will eventually get divorced. Therefore, I cannot help but question whether marriage actually still holds any value and meaning in today’s society.

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