What would they say if they knew?

Not all moms go to the gym, grab a latte at Starbucks, and meet friends for lunch during a school day.

Some moms get their workouts in other ways.

Some moms do more than coffee at Starbuck’s.

Some moms meet strangers for lunch.

What would they say if they knew?

Most moms teach their children that Honesty is the Best Policy, but this mom lied. A lot.

Most moms teach their children not to talk to strangers, but this mom did. All the time.

Most moms teach their children appropriate behavior, but this mom questioned the word.

What would they say if they knew?

I live in a small, upscale town, where most of my neighbors agree on the tenets of the lives they live. They stay married for better or worse, they raise their children into successful members of society, and they live by the rules of the country club: dress appropriately and pay your dues.

I’m not one of them. An alien with a nice car and a conforming lawn service was a good cover while I watched and observed their patterns of behavior, assimilating best as I could, for as long as I could.

Then, the alarm sounded, and everything I was trained to do correctly became inconceivable to me. I separated from my husband. I stopped punishing the kids for doing what I got away with. I stopped payment on my dues. I turned my world upside down, inside out, and what I got was something I never expected: freedom.

What would my neighbors say if they knew?

Their kids would no longer come over to play.

They would keep me from joining the PTA.

They would forget my name.

No matter. I know my name, and I know the price-and the payoff of the game.

So what would you do if you knew?


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