This has been a shitty week.
I have been swamped at work. K is getting ready to leave for her tournament in Orlando (she left tonight.) I have been dealing with the aftermath of the death of the family dog. Add in all the regular crap I have to deal with and I have just about had enough, thank you very much.
There was one thing that kept me going all week. I was going to a father's day party at T's house. His mom was making a clam dish that she knows I like. His sister was BBQing ribs, that everyone likes. Best of all, much of T's extended family will be there. That is a hugely important thing. The fact that his parents would be comfortable with me there at the same time as the rest of the family, is a big deal for them.
K had arranged for our regular babbysitter to come and watch the little kids. (The older ones can fend for themselves.) Or at least I thought she had. I sent a text message to the sitter to confirm that she was coming and telling her what time I wanted her to come.
"I didn't know anything about babysitting tonight. I have to work." came the reply.
Just great. K insisted that she confirmed it with the sitter, but it is possible they got their dates wrong. Either way I was screwed. While my older kids can take care of themselves, I do not trust them to watch the littler kids. Not only that, the little kids don't listen to the older kids at all. I might be able to leave them for a hour while I run to the store, but not out for the evening.
I let T know that my sitter fell through. Dang it!! So there is my shitty week going straight to hell. The light at the end of the tunnel, just went dark
Several hours later I got a message from him. "My dad says you should bring your kids." Another big step. Not so much that he invited my kids, but when T told him that I was not going to able to make it and why, he thought about it enough to suggest a solution. Why is this a big deal? Because if his family was indifferent to me, they might have just shrugged off my not being able to come, not caring if I was there or not. But instead, he invited the kids because he thought it would be better if I was there.
I guess I am making in roads after all. My gloomy outlook on the weekend suddenly turned brighter.
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