Standing in the driveway, I watched my grown children drive off into the distance. I looked down the road until I could no longer see their vehicles.
“They live too far away from me,” I said to myself.“When did they break away and become parents of small children? Shouldn't that be me?”
Does " break away" fit in the underlined part? I think they(=her children) break away (from the family) and become parents of small children.
Does "Shouldn't" make sense in the other context?
Re: break away
Which other context? Perhaps you mean 'in the other sense', but we can't answer that until we know what you regard as the primary one.
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