Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this simple story, versions of which have been told almost from time immemorial, a middle-aged father leaves his family for a younger woman. He is 45, with a broadening waist and balding pate that will do nothing to attract very many women in the future, so why not take advantage of this one chance at a special happiness? Ever the responsible professional (architect), he meets his ex-wife on a regular basis to pay her alimony. She is particularly patient throughout because her own professional training (sociology) gives her some sort of edge in dealing with his behavior and her feelings. Their daughter is not quite as cool about her parents split, and behaves as most daughters would - she wants them back together, period. After several months with the younger woman, the romantic interlude begins to dim, suggesting that the wife's patience may have been the wisest approach to the whole fiasco.
abandonment, alimony, architecture, daughter, ex-wife, family-separation, father, sociology