75. A Woman Has Needs
Wally asked Anita how her daughter Heather was
. Heather had always been a dutiful, loving daughter.
got married about 10 years ago, at the
of 23. It was the first marriage for
and her husband Ben. They had two kids.
seemed fine, even though Heather was the only
working. Ben had gotten laid off two years
. He was still looking for work.
because Heather’s grandma loved her to death. She
bought a house for Heather as a wedding
, so Ben and Heather had no mortgage to
. Not one penny. Grandma asked only that Heather
her twice a month. Recently, grandma had asked
what was wrong with Heather. Anita said she
’t understand—nothing was wrong. “Then why hasn’t she called?”
asked. Anita said she would talk to Heather.
left several messages, but Heather didn’t call back.
drove over to the house. Ben was home,
care of the kids.
“Where’s Heather?” Anita asked.
went to the beach,” Ben told her.
and the kids?” Ben was reluctant to talk,
he did. Heather had started smoking again. Even
, she had found a boyfriend. She had met
guy at work, and things got out of
. Ben didn’t know what to do. If he
for divorce, he might be out on the
with two kids to support. If he didn’t
a divorce, he had to live with the
of being supported by a wife who was
Anita was astounded at her daughter’s
actions. She drove home and called her mom.
said that hopefully it was just a phase
Heather was going through. She told Anita to
sure to remind Heather to call.