You were hiding this from us. I think that means you're not very proud of it.
You're the last to know. What does that tell you?
If Bethany hadn't told us, we still wouldn't know.
I asked her to keep my confidence. Clearly she didn't.
You should never have asked her to! She was crying. Jan made her tell us.
And you're all reacting just the way I thought you would.
Why do you spend so much time with those friends of yours? Did they talk you into this? Or was it someone on line?
No one "talks you into" this.
It all happened after you stopped going to church.
I stopped going to church because I no longer felt welcome.
Because it's wrong! No one in our family has ever been...like that.
Don't be so sure. Anyway, now someone is.
People will wonder what I did wrong as a mother.
Is that all you care about? What people will think?
Yes, partly! I care what people think!
You never had a clue, all the time I was growing up?
No. Never. I wish I had not lived long enough to see this day.
I'm sorry you had to hear it through the grapevine. But you asked me to come talk to you today, and I'm here.
I didn't think you would have the courage to face me. I think you know what you're doing is wrong.
I have more courage than you think I do, and I'm not doing anything but trying to save my own life.
I never want to see you again.
Oh mama... you never really have.
for Mary's Mixed Bag at Real Toads
I was well beyond my teens when this conversation took place. Nevertheless, I want to include this picture...