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(The Atlantic)   "My father is mild-mannered to the point of reticence; my mother is mercurial and can go from playful and loving to angry in a matter of minutes. I played mediator for years; now, my father is only happy when mom is gone. Should they get divorced?"   ( divider line
    More: Awkward, Mother, Family, Marriage, Mother insult, Parent, parentified child, place of love, role reversal  
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2020-09-01 7:00:47 AM  
5 votes:
He said he has been thinking of divorce, unless something can change.

Relax, kid. Someday a dull thud will announce the end of your dad's problems, as he smashes his favorite claw hammer into the side that screeching harpy's head. Sure, it's going to take him a while to dismember her body and spread out all the pieces where the crabs like to gather, but the work will be therapeutic and the time in the fresh air will do him good.

Everyone in the neighborhood hates your goddamned mom, and not a single person will call the cops to report her missing. All the neighbors will take your dad under their wing, and invite him to dinners. A couple years from now they'll introduce him to a quiet woman from the next town who had a similar problem with an abusive husband. They'll live happily ever after.
2020-09-01 1:09:54 AM  
1 vote:
If the kids are gone, then fine, enjoy your financial ruin on the cusp of a new great depression with your perfectly timed divorce.  If the kids are not all gone yet, then suck it up buttercup, they matter more then your happiness.
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