Abbey, my compliments on your article. I found it poignant, honest, never preachy, and ultimately hopeful. Good for you!
I almost hesitate to ask if that picture is really you. What a young beauty she was! I'm sure the adult version is just as beautiful. God bless.
Thanks so much for your kind words! (And thanks to everyone else who's posted, too!!)
The editors and I went back and forth quite a bit about the first two paragraphs - the "gory details" of the reason for the breakup weren't nearly as specific in my original manuscript. This article was intended to be about my experience POST-divorce, not PRE. But the editors kept nudging for more. Finally, at one point, after making changes they wanted, I firmly (but kindly) told them - "This is all the information I'm comfortable giving about the breakup itself." They backed away, and the editor even called to apologize. So, in the end, it worked out.
And nope, that picture isn't me (I have no idea who it is, lol
). I was curious to see how the layout in the magazine would end up looking (picture and all), and I was really pleased with it. Very professionally done.