CHESTERFIELD, Va. — Mother and daughter sat together in their basement apartment last Thursday, deadlocked in the same conversation they had been having for weeks. The daughter’s high school graduation party was scheduled for the next night, but she had yet to hand out a single invitation. The store-bought cards were still wrapped in plastic on the kitchen table next to a box of cap-and-gown-shaped confetti.
“Don’t you want to enjoy this one last thing?” asked Dora Aldana, 40, the mother.
“Why bother?” said Heydi Mejia, 18, the daughter.
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