This post was inspired by the novel The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger. Young lawyer Sophie unwillingly takes her first divorce case with an entertaining and volatile client in this novel told mostly through letters and legal missives.
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As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.
I hung up the phone, in shock. I didn’t understand. My brain could not comprehend the information that has just been relayed via Graham Bell’s most noted invention.
I sat quietly down back at my desk, pushing my work aside. I felt like a zombie. I stared off into space, not concentrating on the school work I should be doing. As the reality of the information slowly seeped into my brain, it felt like ice cold water.
Suddenly, I felt like I was drowning. I couldn’t breathe. I could feel the water from my brain working its way to my eyes, but now it felt white hot. I would not cry.
I. WOULD. NOT CRY.
Not in front of the others sitting at their desks.
I got up, and ran to the door. I ran down the hall, heading for the bathroom.
Almost there, ….., almost there, ….. do not cry yet, DO. NOT. CRY. YET!
The door is in sight. I try to make it inside before the white hot, acid filled, tears streak down my cheek, but I just can’t stop them as they gush forth. I slump against the wall, no more energy to move forward, no more will power to make it through the bathroom door. I slide to the floor and land in a heap on the ground as I sob uncontrollably.
A classmate rounds the corner, heading for the drinking fountain. He sees me and stops. He sees my tears. He notices my shuddering shoulders as my whole body quivers sitting defeated on the floor.
“Are you OK?” he asks.
“Do you want to talk about it?”
“I just found out my parents are getting divorced.”
“Oh,” he says. “That sucks.”
I was 24 years old, but in that moment I felt 5 again. I was so hurt and angry and confused. It doesn’t matter how old you are when you parents decide to get divorced. It still hurts like your 5 years old.