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March 26, 2011

Anna assumed that she and Joe would have children one day, But as the years went on, it didn’t happen, and eventually Anna had to admit to herself that she was glad. Even as a child herself, she’d had to take care of her mother, and she felt she’d had enough caretaking to last the rest of her life. She had grown to rely only on herself, to nurture her independence, and even Joe couldn’t break through all the barriers she had built up over the years. Eventually, he stopped trying and she stopped noticing.