Sally grew up in a good home, and when she married, she tried to be the perfect wife. But it seemed as if nothing she did was good enough. Jeff ignored her, and the two of them seemed to live in separate worlds.
One day when Sally returned earlier than expected from visiting her mother, she found another woman in her home with Jeff. Furious, Sally kicked her cheating husband out of the house.
Sally had no idea how to deal with this loss. For years, her life revolved around that terrible evening and what Jeff had put her through. So, rather than moving on with her life, she took every opportunity to tell all her friends what a terrible person Jeff was—that is, the few friends she had left. People who knew Sally tried to avoid her and her bitterness, as if she were wearing a necklace of the most potent garlic. And the temporary satisfaction Sally obtained from talking about no-good Jeff provided little relief from the misery of her wounded existence.
Meanwhile, Jeff had gone on with his life, remarried, and of course had no interest in staying in touch with Sally. This further infuriated Sally, so she would occasionally send Jeff a letter letting him (and anyone else who might read the letter) know what a terrible man he was. After a time, the letters started coming back with the notation “Return to sender. Addressee unknown.”
Tragically, Sally remained imprisoned by her anger and totally unaware that she was choosing to remain trapped by her miserable story.