I have a belt that my wife has always liked and I let her wear it whenever she wanted. And she did, nearly to the exclusion of all others. HE has touched this belt, undone it, before moving elsewhere... I have taken back this belt and I wear it nearly everyday so that I am reminded of what the two of them did together. I want this memory fresh, because I think that I should remain outraged by her behavior, and because my natural tendencies are to forgive. All my life I have done my best to turn the other cheek, and to forgive the trespasses of others, but this betrayal is beyond the pale of my experience. So while all of the great lessons of my life may call on me to forgive, the belt reminds me that I should only forgive her as a fellow human being, but not as my wife. Someday I will cast aside this belt, but what she has done will burn away in me as a brand.
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