Just before I could say I love him, he tells me, “it’s okay.” Without my lips moving, he tells me, “if you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life.” His voice cracks with emotion. He stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. “But that’s what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It’s okay if you have to leave us. It’s okay if you want to stop fighting.”
So I stayed, not because of him or them but because every sign said, ‘It’s not time to leave yet’.