"I Feel Like a Single Mom"

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Her Turn, continued

"My own mother was a strict disciplinarian. There were six of us kids and she kept us all in line. My father was also totally interested in his children, always putting an arm around one of us and asking how school was. He didn't make much money as a seasonal road-crew worker, but he was never stingy with his love or affection. 

"In contrast, Jack's parents are very reserved. They were both university professors and worked long, irregular hours when Jack was young. He and his sister were latchkey kids. They made their own dinner many times and didn't have a curfew. When we were dating, Jack always said that he loved coming over to my house, having a big meal and then playing board games and talking for hours with my brothers and sisters. And he liked that my parents were so involved and that they had clear expectations for us when it came to discipline. 

"Well, that must have been an act. Jack sure isn't like that now. The way I see it, I'm functioning like a single mother, so I might as well get out of this marriage."

Continued on page 3:  His Turn


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