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The Dichotomy of My Marriage—and Mood

On my wedding day nine years ago, just before we descended the winding stone staircase toward the altar where my soon-to-be-husband, Jason, was waiting, my father turned to me.

“Hey, hon,” he said, face full of love. “Don’t screw this up, okay?”

He did not mean the staircase.

I am married to the kind of man the Catholic ladies in my hometown would

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