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March 2014

And They Didn’t Notice.

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Men are definitely living in a parallel universe.   I’m sitting here, Friday night, with my husband, Michael in the family room.  We are starting a new game of chess  (our new way to re-connect).  Joe, my 16-year-old son, Michael, and I just finished a great dinner.  I made homemade chicken soup with matzah balls from scratch.  The first batch of the season.  The familiar ritual of Friday night soup feels completely right.  The three of us, a team, laughing at some silly school story; and then there is some off-colored joke told between Michael and Joe.  They laugh between themselves.  I am left out.  I beg to hear the joke that I already know is going to annoy the shit out of me.  But, of course, I need to know what they are laughing at.  I push on.  “Just tell me,” I plead.  And in that very instant I wonder, dare they be laughing at me?   I had finally tinted my way-too-blonde eyebrows and eyelashes today.  Are they too dark?  Do I look like Groucho Marx?  And then Joe divulges the inside joke.  Well, they certainly weren’t laughing at me.  It was something else, something gross, just for...
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