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Bette, Tina, and Angie were driving home from the airport. They hadn’t seen each other for two weeks and couldn’t stop talking. Angie talked about her time in Providence, shared her emotions about the trip, talked about how classes were held, who she had met and made friends with, what they did in their free time, and admired some of the professors. In addition, the women told Angie about what happened last night and why Natalie is now waiting for them at home.
”She was exhausted when she came in, so we didn’t wake her up early”
Bette was driving and looking at Angie through the rearview mirror as she talked to her.
Angie looked more serious now. She was worried that her friend might have serious problems. ”Poor Nat. Is it normal that her father can afford to do this to her?”
”Of course not. There is absolutely nothing normal about this”
”Bette” Tina said this calmly, but with a warning look at Bette, reminding her of what they had said the night before about not evaluating Natalie’s father’s actions prematurely. Bette caught his eye and continued.
”I’ll meet him today and talk about Natalie. Whatever it was, she had to be safe”
”Yeah, she doesn’t deserve to be treated like this. You know, she told me about fights with her father, but I had no idea they were that bad. I gave her some stupid advice to try to understand him, to talk to him kindly… bullshit. How can this be understood?”
”That’s the right advice, honey. It just doesn’t work with everyone and not always, unfortunately. Do you know if Natalie talked to a therapist about all this?” Tina turned and looked at her daughter.
Angie shook her head
”As far as I know, she only talked to a child psychologist when her mother died. Nothing more”
They talked more about various topics and again touched on the two-week course of Angie, who had a lot of emotions about it and wanted to share them.
”All this time, in parallel with theoretical sessions and visits to exhibitions, we are also engaged in the practice” Angie was saying this while texting Natalie, who was apparently awake and waiting for them.