…with the phone calls, and questioning when he can get his girls for Christmas. My girls have been rotating the phone for the past 2 hours, taking turns talking to their dad. While I am struggling to get my 13 year old to sit down and focus on the homework she did not do during the day. Because she slept. So as I manage to get her to stay in front of the laptop for more than 2 seconds, this is what I hear…
Erin: “So, dad is going to talk to you, but he wants to know if he can pick us up on Christmas Eve?”
Me: “And when exactly would you like me to celebrate Christmas with you, since he is keeping you for the entire Christmas break?”
Erin: “I don’t know.”
Me: “He can get you early Christmas morning.”
Erin: “………..” (pouty-face-attitude-coming-for-me-within-the-next-day-or-so).
I do not know how many times he needs to be told to ASK ME before he tells the girls something is going to happen. Yes; I am being a bitch. Would you like to know why I am being a bitch?
Probably not. But I am going to tell you anyway.
1) He does not pay child support
2) He does not regularly visit his girls, unless if you consider once a year regular; if so, he is spot on!
3) He has not bought them (or even made them) one single Christmas gift in the past 5 years
4) He does not call them on their birthdays
5) He does not call them until it gets to be nearly Christmas
Now, I completely realize that the presents have NOTHING to do with the true meaning of Christmas. But when they come home from spending the holidays with him and tell me about all the video games and new things he has bought for himself, and they got nothing; yeah, I get pissed. When I had to drive last year for 4 hours in a blizzard with weather warnings to not be on the road because he suddenly had no way to get them home; yeah, I got pissed. So, he can do one of a few things. He can get them when I say he can. He can call his lawyer. Then we can go in front of the judge and he can explain his lack of father-participation in the upbringing of his girls. Or he can show up on Christmas Eve with the misunderstanding that he is taking his girls that early, and then hang out somewhere until Christmas morning.
I need my girls to enjoy their Christmas. In order for them to do this, I need to deal with these issues with their dad without getting them involved. I wish he would be as considerate of their feelings as well.