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A Consequential Coming of Age

After half a lifetime of dating, one woman realizes her most torrid affair had been with a girl—whose brash style had indelibly influenced the woman she'd become

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  • The word prude, a word I hadn't known until Larissa started playfully taunting me with it, describes how I thought of my mother. The daughter of academics, she'd grown up with her nose in books, lost her virginity to my father in her twenties, and, though they'd separated before I was even born, would never be with anyone else. She never wore makeup and always kept her hair boyishly short. She was afraid of highways, spicy food, action movies, and the evening news. Cursing made her go pale. And though I couldn't quite articulate it, I realized then that I'd inherited her fear, her shaky nerves—and more importantly, that I could become her if I didn't do something about it. I wanted to be shocked out of what I saw as her limited and dull existence, to learn what I thought my mother had failed to. The day I met Larissa, I knew she was the teacher I'd been waiting for.

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A Consequential Coming of Age
After half a lifetime of dating, one woman realizes her most torrid affair had been with a girl—whose brash style had indelibly influenced the woman she'd become
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