Ben was the kind of person who had a hard time saying no, which was how he got pressured into attending the wedding of Raymond, his mom’s distant cousin and someone Ben had never spoken to before. It’ll be good for you to get out of the house, Ben’s mom had said. Maybe you can even meet someone new.
This was wonderful, I can feel the pacing, and see the stepping forward into details and stepping back, pulling the framework of time from the "present' into a moment years, decades later. Imagine people reading about this, seeing parts of themselves and others in these characters, just like a character in this story diving into Carver and seeing herself and others looking back.