Losing them, fixing them, forgetting to put them in
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Nancy Coleman is a writer and psychologist who lives in Topsham, Maine, where most of her nine adult lives have been spent in one very old farmhouse, sitting in one comfortable blue chair. She has hiked Maine’s Hundred-Mile Wilderness solo, been lead singer and songwriter in a rock band, and raised two adventurous children.
A few weeks ago they were still in the house they’d always lived in, but their dad and I were never both home at once; we took turns living there and caring for them. Maybe, we thought, the kids wouldn’t notice the change. But now there’s no disguising it.