I have a sneaking suspicion that the ex and his girlfriend broke up, because he’s decided to remember he has a son of his own. He texted me in the middle of the week, saying he was sorry he was behind on child support, but that he’s been laid off, and would make a payment by the end of the week, oh, and he’s definitely a go for Easter, and could he call Thursday?
Sure, I replied.
Thursday evening rolled around, and another text that said he was still at work, and could he call Friday instead.
Sure, I replied.
He called while we were out to dinner, and I missed it, so I called him back before he could get to The Boy and start making promises that I would have to deal with when they were broken.
He laid out his plans for picking up The Boy for Easter Break, and didn’t ask for too much travel on our end. He went on to talk about us bringing The Boy to Florida in May, because he has a friend who works at Discovery Cove, and could get us in free to every park in Orlando. He suggested The Man and I come, too, and hang out with them for a couple of days if we wanted…
I told him I’d check the school calendar.
When he finally called to talk to The Boy on Saturday, I told him he could talk about Easter Break, but not to mention the other plans until they were more firm.
The unfortunate reality is that even positive contact with his dad has an impact on The Boy. We are now bracing ourselves and warning his teachers, who have never experienced The Boy post-visit-to-dad’s.
And it has already begun. The slightest up-tick in defiance and rigidity, the constant fear of being left behind… All of the old emotions (and negative behaviors) return with a phone call and a promise.
The ex will never understand his own power.