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One morning toward the end of the school year, Mom had a complete meltdown. She was supposed to write up evaluations of her students’ progress, but she’d spent every free minute painting, and now the deadline was on her and the evaluations were unwritten. The remedial reading program was going to lose its funding, and the principal would be either furious or justplaindisgusted. Mom couldn’t bear to face the woman. Lucy Jo, who’d been waiting for Mom in the Dart, drove off without her, and Mom lay wrapped up in blankets on the sofa bed, sobbing about how much she hated her life.
Dad wasn’t there, and neither was Maureen. Brian, typically, started doing an impersonation of Mom carrying on and sobbing, but no one was laughing, so h nike free running shoes e picked up his books and walked out of the house. Lori sat next to Mom on the b nike free run plus ed, trying to console her. I just stood nike free trainers uk in the doorway with my arms crossed, staring at her.
It was hard for me to believe that this woman with her head under the blankets, feeling sorry for herself and boohooing like a five-year-old, was my mother. Mom was thirty-eight, not young but not old, either. In twenty-five years, I told myself, I’d be as old as she was now. I had no idea what my life would be like then, but as I gathered up my schoolbooks and walked out the door, I swore to myself that it would never be like Mom’s, that I would not be crying my eyes out in an unheated shack in some godforsaken holler.
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Lori caught up with me, and we walked for a while in silence. „Poor Mom,“ Lori finally said. „She’s got it tough.““No nike free 3.0 review tougher than the rest of us,“ I said.
„Yes, she does,“ Lori said. „She’s the one who’s married to Dad.““That was her choice,“ I said. „She needs to be firmer, lay down the law for Dad instead of getting hysterical all the time. What Dad needs is a strong woman.““A caryatid wouldn’t be strong enough for Dad.““What’s that?““Pillars shaped like women,“ Lori said. „The ones holding up those Greek temples with th nike free 5.0 v4 eir heads. I was looking at a picture of some the other day, thinking, Those women h nike free run 2 review ave the second toughest job in the world.“* * *I disagreed with Lori. I tho cheap nike free run ught a strong woman would be able to manage Dad. What he needed was someone who was focused and determined, someone who would set ultimatums and stick to them. I figured I was strong enough to keep Dad in line. When Mom told me I was so focused it was scary, I know she didn’t mean it as a compliment, but I took it that way.
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