Dear Walter:

This isn’t easy for me to say, but it’s over. I’m breaking up with you.

I don’t know where to begin. It was love at first sight. I saw you standing in the horizon and my heart fluttered. You are an imposing presence, and your name is synonymous for compassionate care. I thought we would spend the rest of my nursing career together, but it wasn’t meant to be. Don’t blame yourself, Walter. It’s not you, it’s me. Fate brought us together and BRAC is tearing us apart. I’m moving on, and I’m finding joy in my new life with someone else. I’ll always love you, Walter. Believe me when I tell you that you never forget your first love, or your first government job.

All the best, Mother Jones, RN.