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This is Lenny, and he feels really offended. You might laugh when you hear his story, or you might just be confused – who knows. The thing is that his mom hid the truth from him for quite a long time, and it was very upsetting for him when he realized why she did it.
Lenny’s story starts as millions of other teenage stories around the world do – a happy family, everything going fine, until one day…“Son, we have to tell you something: we’re getting divorced.” Just like everyone else, Lenny was perplexed and a bit offended, but, well, ok – life goes on. He wasn’t a child anymore, and even if it’s an unpleasant moment in your life, you have to live and let live. Both of his parents were thoroughly decent people, and he was sure they knew what was best for them. Lenny tried to ask them what the reason was, because everything seemed to have been going quite well, but they remained vague. Well, love sometimes just ends.
He stayed on living with his mom, but he’d always had a very close relationship with his dad, and so he spent half of his time at home and half at his dad’s place, normally at the weekends. And then one day, he noticed something strange when he got back home after a long weekend at his dad’s. There were definitely traces of another person who’d been staying with his mom while he hadn’t been there. He found two empty wine glasses in the kitchen sink, someone’s t-shirt he had never seen before, and even a new toothbrush in the bathroom. His mom removed it quickly, thinking that he hadn’t noticed. But he had.
Lenny felt pretty uneasy. You know, it’s almost a stereotype – normally when two people get divorced, they spend some time thinking it all over and feeling very down, or at least that’s what he thought they did. But his mom definitely didn’t want to waste her time feeling sad.He had the idea to go see his dad and ask him if he knew something.
Strangely enough, his dad again stayed vague. He was normally a very straightforward person, and it was strange to see him avoid answering. Of course, it heightened Lenny’s curiosity even more. But he didn’t push him. His dad had tried not to make a drama out of his divorce and he was visibly uncomfortable about discussing it. However, Lenny was getting irritated. He was 15, nearly 16, close to being a grown-up man and he was convinced that he couldn’t be traumatized by anything! Why didn’t they just clear things up for everyone? It just didn’t occur to him that they could have been keeping the truth to themselves not to protect him, but to protect themselves.
Lenny found out the truth almost casually. He entered the living room and saw his mom together with some woman on the sofa watching TV. He greeted them casually and went to the kitchen to get himself a glass of water, lost in his thoughts. Then he paused for a moment and was like, wait, what the…he didn’t know the woman. They were holding hands and she was dressed in some kind of pajamas, which meant she was sleeping there. His mom joined him in the kitchen to ask why he was home so early. She had that tone to her voice – you know, when you hear it you know at once that something’s up. And her face was somehow embarrassed even if she tried to hide it.
“Mom, who is that?” “Oh, that’s Lana, she’s just a friend who came to visit me and watch a bit of TV” she answered, with that unnatural voice. And that’s when Lenny erupted, because understatements are ok but he hated it when people lied to him. “In pajamas? Come on mom! Tell me what’s going on here!” That’s when his mom sighed and sat down in a chair. “Ok, we need to talk”. “Oh come on, cut that ‘we need to talk’ stuff! Who is she, your girlfriend? Why can’t you tell me directly, are you ashamed?” You should have seen his mom’s face, a weird mixture of embarrassment and relief. “Well”, she said, “yes, she is my girlfriend. I just didn’t know how you would take it.” It was a bit insulting, to be honest. Who did she think he was, a caveman?
It turned out that that was the reason his parents had broken up – his mom fell in love with Lana and couldn’t help it, so she felt it fairer to ask for a divorce. She begged her dad not to tell Lenny anything, because she thought that he would be disgusted or hate her. Ok, Lenny then said, what would be the difference if you had a boyfriend? Live your life, just introduce him to Lana, she was spending lots of time in their house and he didn’t know anything about her! Lana turned out to be a very nice woman and all in all they’re now living an absolutely normal life. Lenny feels a bit sorry for his dad, but these things happen in life. And here’s some advice: if you think something you do is embarrassing and you hide it from your family, the chances are you are making a mistake. Sometimes understatement is more offensive than the naked truth.
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hello i am lenny and i am really offended i mean you may laugh when you hear my story or you may be confused i don't know thing is my mom was hiding the truth from me for quite a long time and that is very offending to realize why she did it my story starts as millions of other teenage stories around the world happy family everything goes fine until one day son we have to tell you one thing we're divorcing bla bla bla as every one I remained perplexed and a bit offended but well ok life goes on I am NOT a child and even if it is an unpleasant moment of my life live and let live both of my parents are absolutely adequate people and I think they know better what they are doing I was interested and tried to ask them what the reason was because everyone seemed to have been going quite well but they remained vague well love sometimes finishes I remain to live with my mom we had very close relationship with my dad and I spent half of my time home and half at his place normally those were the weekends and at some point I noticed something strange when I came back home after a long weekend at my dad's there were definitely traces of another person who was staying with my mom while I was not there I came home and found two empty wine glasses in the kitchen sink someone's t-shirt I had never seen before and even once a new toothbrush in the bathroom mom removed it quickly thinking that I didn't notice but I did I felt pretty uneasy you know it's a stereotype normally when two people divorced they keep a period of thinking it over and being melancholic or at least I thought that way but my mom definitely didn't want to waste her time and sadness I didn't want to ask her too many things directly to be honest her private life is her private life and it may be a bit embarrassing to come to your mother and ask her weird questions on her love affairs but I was curious and couldn't help it I had an idea to come to my dad and ask him if he knew something strangely enough my dad remained vague it was normally a very straightforward person and it was strange to see him avoid answering of course it heated up my curiosity even more but I didn't push him as well he didn't make a drama of his divorce but he was visibly uncomfortable to discuss it however I was getting irritated I'm 15 nearly 16 close to being a grown-up man and it's hard to traumatize me with anything why don't they just keep the things clear for everyone it just didn't occur to me that they could have been keeping the truth to themselves not to protect me but to protect themselves I found out the truth casually once I was staying at my dad's and everything went alright until he woke up on Saturday with high fever turned out he had caught flu he insisted that I returned back home I insisted to stay and take care of him but I had a couple of important tests the next week and he didn't want me to get infected so I had to return home a day before when my mom least expected me I was annoyed I didn't want to leave my dad and so I didn't even call her to warn I was coming home I simply forgot and dad didn't do it as well as he was suffering febrile thus at home I got a surprise I entered our living room and see my mom together with some woman in the sofa watching TV I'm just greeting them casually and going to the kitchen to get myself a glass of water all in my thoughts then I'm like wait what I didn't know the woman they were holding hands and she was dressed in some kind of pajamas that means she was sleeping there mom joined me in the kitchen to ask how come I was home so early she had that light-hearted voice you know when you hear it you know at once that something's up and her face was somehow embarrassed even if she tried to hide it mom who is that oh this is Lana she's just a friend who came to visit me and watch a bit of TV she answered with that a natural voice and that's when I erupted because understatements are okay but I hate it when people tell lies to me in pajamas come on mom tell me finally what's going on here that's when my mom's sighed and sat on a chair okay we need to talk oh come on cut that we need to talk stuff who is she your girlfriend what can't you tell it directly are you ashamed you should have seen my mom's face weird mixture of embarrassment and relief well she said yes she is my girlfriend I just didn't know how you would take it it was a bit of fending to be honest who did she think me to be a caveman turned out that was the reason my parents broke up my mom fell in love with Lana and couldn't help it so she felt it fair to ask a divorce she begged my dad not to tell me anything because she thought that maybe I would be disgusted or hate her okay I said what would be a difference if you had a boyfriend live your life just present me to Lana she's spending lots of time in our house and I don't know anything about her Lana turned out a very nice woman and all in all we are living an absolutely normal situation I'm a bit sorry for my dad but these are things that happen in adult life and just a piece of advice if you think something you do is embarrassing and you hide it from your family maybe you are doing a mistake sometimes understatement is more offending than naked truth like this story if you think that I am right and they should have told me the truth from the very beginning subscribe and listen to more stories like mine