The women sat side by side in the car, as driver and passenger. It was a role reversal, and a shifting of the generational tides that not everyone was comfortable with accepting.
Although it was useless to resist, it was still there. The tension. The involuntary give and take, like stomping the break pedal after speeding along the highway to take a sudden turn, it did come with a mild form of whiplash.
The situation was not impossible. Just difficult.
“I think you want me to have a hard life,” the daughter spewed, unable to control the animal that was her tongue. Her knuckles gripped the steering wheel and she exhaled. A slow and measured breath.
The animal was contained once more while its owner ground her back teeth together and focused on the road ahead.
“Why do you think I am here? I want you to have everything. Why do you think I spoil you? I don’t want you to have to suffer. If I could take away all the things that are hard, I would, to make your life easier, not harder.”
The driver stared forward, still grinding her teeth, as fields of green whizzed past and a baby slept in the back.