"Oh, Aunt Cordelia, I was going to tell you. It has just been horrible."
There was no response.
"Belva dear, keep in mind, you had nothing to do with his choice. Other than hurting you and Wells, there in nothing wrong or illegal about his sexual preference. I honestly believe that is in someones nature. Anyone who holds that against you, makes fun, or gossips about it only shows ignorance on their part. In my opinion, folks who act like that are no one you want as friends. Look at the positive side - you know he did not leave you for the love of another woman."
Belva could not help but smile. That was Aunt Cordelia, always able to find something positive in a bad situation. "Oh, Aunt Cordelia," Belva then started crying, "it has been horrible. You can only imagine what my friends have said - the talk around town. The legal mess did not cause a stir, but his, his desire to dress like a woman was just unfathomable. I am seriously considering sending Wells to boarding school to escape the talk."
"Belva, it will all be OK. Your father would tell you to hold your head high and carry on."
In a whimpering voice, Belva said, "I guess so."