It was Sylvia and Bernice’s most cherished moment of the morning. The kids had just been sent off to school with their lunch pails, diorama creations and book reports. The husbands were sent on their way with a peck on the cheek before squeezing into the neighborhood carpool. Ah yes, it was time to savor a little peace and quiet with a freshly brewed cup of hot java, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Sometimes it wasn’t an easy task, taking care of a family, but they supported one another, and that was a comfort to them both. So as they sipped their coffee, they’d talk about all the things in common that they shared; their ups and downs, their challenges and rewards and… their ecosystems.

Don’t ask.