“Are you telling me to leave Mikel?” asked Salma, grasping at straws.
“I would never presume to tell anyone what to do. I would expect you to decide for yourself without fear of repercussions. There are consequences to leaving but you can handle it. You’re a strong woman.”
“Yes, strong and capable!”
“What will Mikel do?” asked the foolish woman.
“Do? Mikel will do what he needs to do. Deal with it like all the other husbands who are left behind do.”
“No what will Mikel do without me?”
Conversation in Caring for Eleanor