I’m going to share one of the kindest things my mother ever said to me. We were talking about my father’s decline.

“The way I dealt with it is I just hid out at work.”

Never underestimate how healing it is to just say, simply, what you did. With no excuses, no justification, no fancy language, no confusing pronouns, no muddled, passive terminology.

And no blame.

Just say it.