Taking My Ex Back In (for His Own Good) - Modern Love

From my "Modern Love" essay, running in the New York Times on October 1, 2018

Tim was on the other side of the kitchen counter looking at a list I had written of what he should check on in the house while my husband, Din, and I were on vacation.

“What’s that thing on your neck?” I asked.

Tim touched the egg-size swelling below his left jaw. “I don’t know.”

Din suggested it might be a clogged salivary gland. He’d had one once, and the doctor had prescribed sucking on lemon drops.

I didn’t know whether Tim sucked any lemon drops while we were away, only that when we got back a week later, the swelling was the size of a half-orange...

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