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One month later
Bette sat in bed staring at the ceiling, listening to the quiet. She had the house entirely to herself, because Angie had spent the night at Tina’s. Angie had developed her own schedule which appeared to Bette as combining both homes into one. She would start her day at one home and end it at another. Guess that is how teenagers manage the homes of divorced parents, Bette had thought. Ever since the trip to New York, Angie seemed to be doing better. It appeared that Angie’s worries had been addressed. Dr. Stewart had helped Angie with opening up about her worries to her and Tina. Neither, Bette nor Tina had realized the level of impact their problems had on Angie. Now that Angie had voice her worries, Bette and Tina had spent more time talking to Angie to sooth her concerns. Her academics were back on track and she did not play sick as often. It was good they caught this early, so it did not impact her grades. Most of the colleges Angie applied to were highly competitive East Coast schools and more in likely she would be accepted to one of them. Bette took a long deep breath at this thought, but she kept reminding herself of what Tina had said, ”She is only leaving us physically, we will always have her in our hearts and minds.” This was a nice thought, but Bette liked it better when her people were around her. Whether she liked it or not, Angie was beginning to move into adulthood and that meant leaving home.
It was Sunday, so she was going to put that worry away until Monday. Tonight was family dinner night. It was Bette’s turn to cook and she hadn’t a thought as to what she would make. She slipped out of bed and headed down to the kitchen to start some coffee. The house was too quiet when Angie was not around. The noise had become more comforting over the last couple years when Bette had been struggling with so many losses. Hopefully, she won’t have to deal with the loneliness brought on by the quiet if Tina moves in before Angie is off to college, she thought. Bette shook her head, it was too soon to be thinking about the changes to their living situation.