If you have one child or more, how long does it take to leave the house for a trip out? There’s always that trip to the toilet ‘just to try’, struggles with shoes and coats, a last minute memory jolt of something you need to take along and now must hastily search your house for?
Escalate it to how long it would take to leave the house for good- finding a new home, packing up and arranging the transfer of everything you own, a new school, a new nursery, a new job and the forest of paperwork that comes once your children are in the system. Now imagine doing it just before Christmas. And arranging it all without another adult. Could it be done overnight?
I have kept a dignified silence while the acid of divorce wore me down and corroded my life as I once knew it.
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