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Postmarked: Dear Jen (2)

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Postmarked: Dear Jen (2)

Jen Michel

What began as a Twitter conversation between two writers has become an exchange of letters. Thanks for reading along. My first letter to Shawn can be found  here , and the rest of Shawn’s response, previewed below, can be found on his  blog .

What began as a Twitter conversation between two writers has become an exchange of letters. Thanks for reading along. My first letter to Shawn can be found here, and the rest of Shawn’s response, previewed below, can be found on his blog.

“ . . . But I got busier as a co-writer and even found a publisher for my novels—suddenly, I was making a living as a writer, what both Maile and I had always dreamed of doing. The years passed, me doing what I loved, Maile holding everything else together. Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a hands-on father, getting up in the night with the kids, doing laundry, dishes, all of that, but even when I helped around the house, so much was required that it left Maile with zero creative margin. The words you wrote in your last letter were so true and familiar they made me ache: “the pattern had been decided early on: the indivisible ‘we’ was Ryan at the bow, Jen at the stern.”

One night over dinner in 2018, our middle son said, “But I thought Mom went to college to be a mom,” and we all laughed long and hard. But Maile and I caught each other’s eyes across the table and I saw deep hurt. I realized our marriage was, in a very fundamental way, broken.”

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