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He had long-ago tried to brush these memories aside but Eleanor’s death brought it all back and he became distant. Paige oversaw the planning of her mother’s funeral. Eleanor had requested a small service for immediate family only. To Paige’s surprise her note read, “I spent my life in the world of social events. ” Determined to honor her wishes, Paige made certain every detail would have met with Eleanor’s approval. The casket was surrounded by flawless white tea roses. Paige thought her mother would have been pleased.
Eleanor shook her head. “That can wait. Come sit,” she said as she waved her over. Paige sat down next to her mother and looked earnestly at her. Eleanor smiled slightly and Paige followed suit. ” Eleanor shook her head and said, “Nonsense. Things must carry on. You have responsibilities you must attend to. ” “Well that’s lovely, but not very practical. You must carry on with business as usual. We all must. ” Before Paige could respond Eleanor stood up and started walking away. ” “Leave the eggs to Aggie, you’ve been overcooking them and I haven’t wanted to hurt your feelings,” she said as she left the room.
Paige felt lonely without her. She realized her anger had been displaced. She hoped to reconnect with Kay-Kay over Christmas break and possibly see Jake and give him a chance to explain. The day after Christmas she picked up the phone, took a deep breath and called Kay-Kay. ” “Kay-Kay? ” “Whoa… God, Paige. ” 38 AMERICAN CIRCUMSTANCE “Yeah, I know… Kay-Kay I’m so sorry I just left for school with no word and that I never returned your calls. ” “It’s Ok, I get it,” Kay-Kay said, still sounding caught off guard by Paige’s call.