Connie Culp wants to move on and watch her grandson grow up.
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Alicia says it took her mother three or four years to realize she's better off without her husband and learn to be independent. "She needed to follow everyone; everyone could tell her what to do. She never really knew how to think for herself," she says.

Connie says she is almost ready to close the door on her relationship with Tom. "I'm really close to finally getting a divorce, and I packed up all his stuff," she says. "It's hard. This year would have been 30 years of being together."

Connie says she doesn't have a plan for the future just yet. "I'm just trying to move on," she says. "I want to watch [my grandsons] grow."

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