Anyone viewing Shirley’s life would put her in for a medal. She had married an active duty service man, who was sent on clandestine missions.
She was married to a man who would return home emotionally damaged but she was able to help him surmount his issues.
She had a full time job and a baby but had so organised her life there was no dislocation.
Now, Glen, her husband, returns home injured. Returns home, needing therapy. And she is as strong and focused as had he suffered a paper cut.
Anyone viewing her life, from the outside would put her on a pedestal.
Shirley would never utter a word against this profile of herself. But it was not what really happened.