But on the night before Thanksgiving the year she was 17, Smartmom learned that her parents were separating. On Turkey Day, her father was gone and her mother didn’t leave her bedroom.
It was sudden, it was quick. Her parent’s marriage was over and family life as she knew it was kaput.
Thanksgiving morning, Smartmom’s aunt picked up Smartmom and her sister.
“This is awful,” she said as she took Smartmom and Diaper Diva to her home in Westchester where Smartmom’s maternal relatives were gathered.
As she remembers it, nobody said a thing. It was the giant elephant; the great unmentionable.
Sitting at the huge Danish Modern dining table, Smartmom and Diaper Diva felt like orphans as they worried about their mother and wondered where their father had gone. The day went by in a blur of emotions. By the time the football games were playing on the black-and-white television, they already felt stigmatized by this unfortunate schism in their domestic lives.
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