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Lift and Separate Lift and Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
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“Throughout high school, Ben strove to be as colorless as his room. He chose to blend in with the crowd, a popular white-bread crewneck group, with parents who summered in Nantucket and owned ski houses near mountains in Vermont. One Saturday night after returning from a movie with the happy-go-lucky girl he’d been seeing on and off, he told Harvey and me, in the family room reading newspapers, that he was going to come out in college. Neither of us was astonished, or even surprised. It was a relief to both of us. We had wondered for a long time. When we took Ben to college in Middletown, we watched the gay and lesbian groups chalk messages on the sidewalks at the top of the hill: Say hi to a bi. Give us a year and you’ll be queer. Have you told a parent you’re gay today? Ben was smiling. Ben and Harvey moved the station wagon out of a load zone, and I waited on a creaking swing in front of a building with the school flag, the American flag, and the state flag waving on top. Peace washed over me as though I had taken a pill for it. I wanted chalk. I had something important to say on the sidewalk: Have you told your son you’re happy for him today?”
Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Lift and Separate
“with no idea what to do next.”
Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Lift and Separate
“The best,” I said. “I heard a prayer once that I never forgot: ‘May you live to see your children’s children.”
Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Lift and Separate
“You’re moving on. Push off the pier. And don’t look back—because the past isn’t here anymore.”
Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Lift and Separate
“In the middle of a life crisis, there isn’t anything worse than looking at well-groomed, well-heeled people with pedigreed dogs.”
Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Lift and Separate
“If you miss one bus, you catch the next,”
Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Lift and Separate