I hit the publish key before I was done so the story has some additional material. However to your excellent point, Tom, this workaholism is indeed as insidious an addiction as anything else. This young man also drank far too much which was also learned from his father. In many ways, Marion’s family, all well-educated and successful, intimidated him. That drove him even more to feel as though he had a right to be part of the family. I know first hand that nobody in the family had anything but love and regard for him, and nothing was implied or stated that he wasn’t enough. That insecurity wells up from within. Sometimes we rise above it, sometimes it’s like an evil pair of hands pulling us down. I can only hope that first, Chad learns from this, and second, that they both find better partners, and third, that ultimately, the boys are exposed to better standards. And that includes from their father. One can hope. Thanks as always for your insightful comments.

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