I Was An Island

3 min readAug 24, 2021

by Brad Foster (2021 ©)

I spent so many years alone since my first girlfriend (and almost my fiance) told me that I was too intense. She could no longer continue in our relationship.

This was around 1993 at Mankato State University. Michelle and I met in the Fencing Club when she joined a year after me. I finally worked up my courage to ask her out and she said yes!

Fast forward by ten months and Michelle is telling me that we need to talk. We had just returned to Minnesota from a disastrous weekend in Las Vegas. After nearly a week of seeing her…