Relationships and Transition
It takes a long time to be really married. One marries many times at many levels within a marriage. If you have more marriages than you have divorces within the marriage, you’re lucky and you stick it out.
—RUBY DEE In Brian Lanker,
I Dream a World1
People change and forget to tell each other.
Toys in the Attic2
LET’S BEGIN WITH AN IMAGINARY FAMILY. DON, aged forty-one, is a teacher at the local high school; he’s been there for twelve years and is growing bored with the place, with teaching, with teenagers—even with himself. Betty, aged thirty-nine, was a teacher, too, before their children were born, but she hasn’t done anything but part-time work outside the home for fifteen years. Now, ...