How do you remove every trace? he thought, carrying another box of her junk to the truck and dumping it in.
When they had gotten married, the preacher made a big deal of using the word cleave. He said that married people cleaved to each other, that if they broke apart it was like ripping a piece of wood that had been glued: it wouldn’t split along the original line, but would take some of the wood from the other piece with it.
The preacher even held up a couple chunks of wood to demonstrate, right there in the ceremony.