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Last week end was a week end that soothed the soul, plus it was a holiday so we had extra time together. Hubby was off work for all three days, too, so we played tourist and took the girls snorkeling, and DD2 saw her very first fish underwater! She was so excited! We also toured a ranch where we got to feed horses and a donkey and even a giant tortoise, and then we made it home for a home cooked grilled meal, courtesy of the Hubby grill master.
While the girls had their usual activities on Saturday, we divided and conquered so that each sister could do what needed to be done, then met back up for a yummy lunch at Chuck E Cheese, since why not, the girls begged us to take them and we caved! Ha ha ha. Then Sunday morning I woke up, threw a pot roast into the crock pot and then we went to Sunday school and church, and I took the girls for a girls lunch and then we met up again with the Hubs to see a matinee…it was seriously like a vacation where when I finally got to Monday morning, I was thinking how now I need a vacation from our vacation, lol.
In the midst of all the activity, I remembered to hold onto the moments, the giggles coming from the girls in the backseat, the oohing and aahing at the fishies in the sea, DD1 leaning on me on the couch when we caught up on some Olympics, DD2 snuggling up to our doggie G, slurping down a special ice cream frosty treat in the late afternoon sunshine, helping DD2 count her tickets at the machine in Chuck E Cheese, just silly, fun, normal little things.
The girls are going to their dad’s today for the week end, and that’s okay. They are doing fine. They’re both back in school, they know their family loves them. And the Exie has been pretty quiet of late, so for that I’m thankful.
Last night, though, DD1 was teary eyed at bed time—suddenly, she was worried about being late to school the next day. She’s never worried about things like that, so in my spidey sense, I asked her if it was hard going back and forth between two houses and she nodded her head and leaned on my shoulder. I told her I was really sorry about the two houses situation, and one day, when she was older, she might understand better. That even though there are two houses, I love dad and his family, too, because our hearts are big enough for everyone in our family, and that the most important part to know is that SHE is loved by everyone. She snuggled in closer and seemed to be comforted.
I honestly don’t know why I said that. I’ve been thinking about that for a while; there’s so much acrimony between their father and me, and there’s a reason for it, he terrified us, and to do this day, has never taken responsibility for his actions, and continues to manipulate and be a general control freak. The divorce has curtailed a lot of his behavior, but not all, although I see it as a downgrade from being a terror to an annoying pain in the rear.
I know that I did once love him, enough to hold onto our family at all costs, no matter what, but in the end, that love wasn’t enough. The pain and anger and terror were too much. But I remember the love, and I remember that is what I wanted for my daughters—unconditional love. So maybe that’s why I said that. If she know that I was able to have love for her father and his family, maybe that would help heal her, and help her not feel so divided.
What I love the most now—is providing a caring, loving household with my daughters and my hubby. Hopefully showing my daughters what it means to be respected and loved without a cost and a price. Hopefully showing them that it’s okay if things don’t work out the way you envisioned them to be, that there is a life worth living and building and loving and hoping for.