Oh, Albuquerque (1) Red Flags

I dating my boyfriend, Jason, for only a couple of months when he suggested move across the country to Albuquerque I could write a novel while he worked to support us. I told him that that was the most romantic thing anyone had ever said to me.

I was 22 at the time and living in a Chicago suburb. He was 19. I had been saving to go back to college after I'd three years earlier, but I about moving to a new place and starting a new life that I used all of that money to rent a truck and pay the security deposit on an apartment.

I ignored Jason had been fired from every job he'd had in Illinois and told myself that be different in Albuquerque. He had promised to teach me how to drive stick when we got there, and when he didn't, I convinced myself it wasn't , there were more important things to .

As my savings and Jason lost his first job, I started waiting tables at a diner within of our apartment. I made decent money and I supporting us both. At the time I thought it was romantic but it was a pretty dark time. There were things that should me, red flags that I should more attention to, and I didn't.