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Samantha Edmonds   Rather than Get accepted into the university of your choice, five and a half hours away from the boy you promised to marry, an hour from your mother. It will take you over two years to get your degree, more if you pursue the PhD, and in that...

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Samantha Edmonds   Call home Remember that your family will always let you come back. You will forever, no matter what, have a place to call home in your mother’s arms. But it will not feel like home anymore. Hug your mother when you return but thrash against the...

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Samantha Edmonds   A void Sit in a coffee shop alone, where no one knows your name, and write. Sit in the corner of a bookstore alone, where people look at you strangely, and write. Sit in a library alone, where no one talks to each other, and write. Become a...

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Samantha Edmonds   With work You have a cubicle on the third floor of an office building downtown. Your husband with golden eyes will insist he makes enough to support you both without the job. Explain to him you need this for reasons unrelated to money. Frame...

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Samantha Edmonds   With words Be reckless. Give the stranger everything: words, promises, attention, adoration, secrets, sex. Recognize afterwards that he was always going to leave. Feel mature. Feel grown. Tell yourself it—he—the experience—something—was worth...