THE NARRATIVE ARC

Move With Me Baby…but Where Are We Going?

Marriage is one long relocation of furniture and feelings

Martha Manning, Ph.D.
The Narrative Arc
Published in
5 min readFeb 15, 2024

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A couple walks along the shoreline.
Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

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“Push. Don’t stop.”
“Yes, there, right there.”
I cover him with kisses.
Noisy, sloppy kisses.
“No more, Martha. I’ve got work.”
“But it’s our anniversary. Two weeks.”
“Are you going to keep counting?”
“Yeah,” I…

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Martha Manning, Ph.D.
The Narrative Arc

Dr. Martha Manning is a writer and clinical psychologist, author of Undercurrents and Chasing Grace. Depression sufferer. Mother. Growing older under protest.