"Slowly, like you would with a sleeping baby, Nell-mom pulls her hand away and sighs. And everything that just happened—the hug, joke, laughing—seem to disappear in that sigh.” --The Beat on Ruby’sStreet
I’ve seen this same scenario played out with countless friends and strangers and of course in my own life too—never finding a way around it.
"Experts" always say this is part and parcel of adolescence, but that doesn’t make going through it any easier for parents or their kids. The thing I started to look for, as parent (& writer) was what we don’t say to each other; and why and how that works.
Yes? No? Maybe? What do you think?