On Sunday I said goodbye to my oldest. He’s off to boot camp and other new and scary adventures. With the ongoing pandemic, I likely won’t be able to fly out to see him graduate, which just adds to how shitty this year has been.
This year, like most usually do, started off hopeful. I set up my Bullet Journal with goals and routines. I started a new job. I started a morning routine (with exercising!). Then it all came crashing down before spring had even arrived.
Social media quickly makes me lose faith in humanity. So much garbage comes out of people’s posts. Things one might have kept to themselves, or only said in private, come to light when empowered by the shield of the Internet. Continue reading
It’s been almost four years since stepmom came on the scene. Though she showed up with the ex for pick-ups several times, I didn’t actually meet her until she had been around for nine months and they were engaged and pregnant—and even that was only after my sister and I orchestrated an introduction.
I did my best in the early days to try to be inclusive, welcoming, waving the flag of “I don’t want him back; I just want us all to get along.” I shared a book, “No One’s the Bitch,” in hopes of avoiding all the negativity one hears about so often in mom vs. stepmom situations. I invited her to the birthday parties. I suggested we meet for coffee sometime. I wrote a letter trying to reach out and say that we must have gotten off on the wrong foot or something and that I want all of us to get along. In spite of this, I was essentially treated as though I didn’t exist or told that I didn’t show enough respect for the ex. Continue reading