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Breakin’ up is hard to do

April 19, 2008

This week’s Newsweek has a good article about divorce, and specifically a group of now 40-something adults whose parents were among the first to make divorce socially acceptable. My parents beat theirs to the punch and split up in 1974. I was almost 14 and I was crushed. Nobody else I knew had divorced parents and barely knew what that word meant! I was lonely and embarrassed, plus my mom, siblings and I wound up back in North Dakota instead of staying Indiana where I had grown up and had friends. It was brutal. Sadly, I turned around and did it to my daughter. Not the moving, but the divorce. I do believe both divorces were best for everyone involved, but that isn’t a magic potion you can rub on the scars to make them fade. Some 30 years later, I still have scars. They don’t irritate as much, but they are there. Anyone else know what I’m talkin’ about?

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