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Moving Past Silence as One Relationship Ends and Another Begins

For a decade I’d tricked myself into believing I was happily married, never thinking there could come a time when the trick no longer worked.

Let’s go!

“One day,” I tell him, “we won’t have to wear a mask anymore.”

“I want to wear my mask,” he says cheerfully. And then: “We going to Papa’s house.”

“Why it’s dark outside?” N calls from the back seat.

“Because in winter it gets dark early.”

“No!” he says. “Because the Earth turns!”

“Yes,” I tell N in the car, “the Earth turns, and now we’re facing away from the sun.”

“It’s morning time?”

“It’s nighttime. But it will be morning time tomorrow.”