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A few days at the lake house did the whole family good. Angie became more open and her moms were back in her zone of trust, Tina and Bette were constantly close to each other. ”Close” means constant glances, touches, and conversations. This was the routine they were missing. Everything was normal, calm, quiet and it was so right now. What they needed. They rode a boat, had morning picnics instead of the usual Breakfast, watched the sunset from the terrace to jazz music, almost every evening they chose an interesting movie for all three of them and watched it, often falling asleep on the couch. There was a kind, family atmosphere and in such a short period of time, all three of them got very used to it. But this short vacation ended and Tina flew to Toronto. No one wanted it, even though everyone knew it would happen. They had arranged for another visit from Tina to LA in a month, but this month seemed like an eternity to everyone. There were daily evening phone calls with Bette and FaceTime with Angie, but it wasn’t something that would satisfy any of them. All three of them felt uncomfortable and distant. At first, Bette was more or less able to handle it. After a week’s absence from work, there was a huge amount of unresolved business waiting for her. But work couldn’t distract her all the time, and what was going to happen happened. Bette felt that Tina was gone. Gone very far. She’s nowhere to be found again. She can’t hear her voice, smell her, or see her. And it was deja vu. Uncontrolled, unnecessary, and wrong, but it was there. Bette felt distinctly alone. It was like hearing the sound of that door closing again when Tina left her family two years ago. The brunette understood that these feelings arose now due to the fact that the last 2 weeks she and Tina were almost always there. Morning, afternoon, evening, sometimes at night when we slept together. They didn’t have sex, but the degree of intimacy was huge. And Bette just got used to being around her ex-wife again. This was an unplanned ordeal for her. It was as if she had been plunged back into circumstances that she never wanted to experience again. And right now, she clearly realized that she wouldn’t be able to live through it again if it really happened. If he and Tina decide to try being together again, and then something happens that will lead to another breakup. Of course, Bette had known up to this point that the divorce had taken a toll on her mental health. That it shattered her nervous system and broke her heart. But when she saw Tina, was close to her, she was ready to forget about all the pain. Forget about the closed door, about Tina moving to Canada, about Carrie and their possible wedding, about all the problems. Now she realized that their possible reunion must be either forever or never. The third is not given. And she was thinking of her daughter. Like any loving mother, she couldn’t think only of herself and Tina. Rebuild their family, and then break it up again if something went wrong-something they couldn’t let happen again. Angie rarely revealed her feelings about her mom’s divorce, but both Tina and Bette were well aware that they were dealing their child an irreparable blow. Parents ’ divorce is always stressful for children. Even if there are no scandals, stormy proceedings or anything else, children subtly feel the tension between their parents. And unwittingly become victims of circumstances. And of course this has an impact on the child’s idea of the family. How the child will build their own relationships. How healthy, equal, and long-term they will be. Bette didn’t want to show Angie the model of the relationship she and Tina had had just before their divorce. I didn’t want to show what was happening now. Yes, they are in excellent contact now, they are kind and gentle with each other, but they still haven’t solved all the problems. This is the suspended state when you can’t say that you are free, but there is no negotiated, consistent, re-started relationship. They needed a serious and Frank conversation, but somehow neither Bette nor Tina was ready to start it now. And they certainly weren’t ready to talk about it with their daughter. They were honest and honest with Angie about everything except this, because they didn’t want to give her false hopes.