Every relationship has that moment: one person says the L word and waits anxiously to see how the other will respond. Novels and movies are written about it; plays, poems, and reminiscences capture that pregnant pause. The past, present, and future of a relationship hang in the balance of that moment.
For years, she has said it first. And waited patiently while there was no response.
And one day, he responds "I love you Mama."
"You go away now."