Half of Everything – Isabel Costello

…I stood in the middle of the road, twice as wide without the cars, and took a good look at 42 Vandemar Court, the family home that no longer was. We’d have had to downsize eventually, with Amy leaving for college next year, the boys long gone.

Twenty-five years we lived here – such a neat, round number. A quarter century. Half my life. The age of our eldest son.

The length of a marriage.

Soon, some other family would greet my neighbours, bake banana bread for new mothers and sit on the stoop, handing out candy on Halloween.


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