Friday, February 24, 2012

My Mother's Taxes, the Aftermath of Divorce, and Other Things

My mother called the other day, worried about her taxes. She didn't think she could do that Turbo thing and the H&R people were expensive last year. Would I consider doing them? She'd pay me.

I said okay, then asked what else was going on in her life.

Her car broke down.

That's too bad, I said. I do hate it when that happens.

No, she said, it was good.

Good? I asked.

Yes, she said proudly, I handled it really well. Five years ago, after the divorce, I wouldn't have been able to do it. I would have fallen apart. But this time I said to myself, You can do this. You are capable of handling this. It's not the end of the world.

Great, I said. That's the attitude. Where'd you break down?

In the church parking lot.

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