M-- is following L--'s suit, though not as irrationally, nor vocally. We're in the midst of fallout. At Women's Group they told me this is a good thing, because it means the kids are finally processing the abuse they witnessed during my marriage.
M-- is a tricky case in that she's lost her drive. Until our move she has been self-motivated to the extreme, but that is failing her lately, and she is struggling to complete ordinary coursework. The result is that she feels worthless, as M-- bases her value on her grades. (We've discussed repeatedly that this is untrue, since I couldn't care less what the grade is as long as she's doing her best and is happy.)
But she has wonderful, wonderful friends, who try to cheer her up by passing along the 56 best/worst similes.
In case you need some cheering up, I'm passing them along to you.
And yes, she and I are reading them to each other, laughing as only hysterical women in our gene pool do, like the sort who doggie-paddle furiously as if we were dogs who don't know how to swim.