Category Archives: Episodes 81-90

#90 — The other woman

(This episode is told from Oliver’s point of view.) The phone buzzes in my hand, and I look down at the telephone number on the screen. “I have to take this one,” I say to her. Even to my own … Continue reading

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#89 – Catching Up

It’s snowing in Woodhaven. I sit at the antique oak desk in front of our dining room window and watch the flakes fall onto the deck. They linger for a few seconds before dissolving into the wooden boards, but it … Continue reading

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#88 — A silver trail

It’s a cozy enough scene, I suppose, if one were to look at it quickly through the living room window. Granny, Beloved Son, Doted-On Grandchildren and, OK, Tolerated Daughter-in-Law, all sitting in squashy chairs and sofas around a real (gas) … Continue reading

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#87 — Behind closed doors

I wish she wouldn’t do this. I wish my mother-in-law would be uniformly odd and infuriating all the time, so I can feel justified in complaining about her and accusing her of doing terrible things to my Sophie Conran wallpaper. … Continue reading

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#86 – Where the heart is

I twist around in the passenger seat of our rented car, which Oliver is driving at 25mph past some M1 roadworks, and look at the children. All three are fast asleep, their mouths slightly open. Jack is snoring. If only … Continue reading

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#85 – A trick of the light

Talk about déjà vu. January last year,  all over again. I sit on an uncomfortable plastic chair on one side of a teacher’s desk. On the other side of the desk, in a larger, more padded chair, sits Patsy Traynor: … Continue reading

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#84 – Stages of youth

“No. For the last time, she can’t come to school with us,” I say to Jack, as I lock the front door behind us and start to hustle the three children into the car. “We’re already late. You want to … Continue reading

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#83 – Letters from afar

From: Libby Patrick To: Maggie Sharpe Subject: Having a good holiday? Date: August 1, 2013 Hi Maggie! Sorry to interrupt your holiday – or should I say “vacation”? – but I thought I’d better drop you an email. Fergus wasn’t … Continue reading

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#82 – A chilly reception

Well, here we are. After all the trials, tribulations, tears, and tantrums, Oliver and I — and Jack, George, and Beth, of course — are finally in Our House. Our house.  How wonderful to be able to say that again. … Continue reading

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#81 – Send the past packing

The best thing about moving to a house only a mile and a half away is that you can do your own packing and take the boxes there yourself. And the worst thing about moving to a house only a … Continue reading

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