My Mother, the Bride

I've got enough weddings to go to. But as much as my gut told me to skip this one, I just couldn't find a tactful way to turn down the invitation to my mother's wedding last month. Especially after I had gone to my father's wedding three years ago. After a divorce, parents get competitive for your attention that way.

Children of prior generations didn't get to go to formal events for their parents, other than funerals. So, by comparison, I guess I'm lucky. And I've developed key coping mechanisms, like buying presents that can't be kept in their home to...

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