Ex Husbands Ex#2 Things that piss me off

Ouch

April 24, 2008
Divorce
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We had a bad night, or early morning I suppose. My daughter fell out of bed at 1am. This is the second time in recent memory that she has fallen out of bed. I woke immediately and ran to her room where she was sitting on the floor crying. I swear the horse pushed her out of bed.

Me: “What’s wrong, did you bump your head?”

Her: “No, I want to see, I can’t see!”

Me trying to find something wrong with her anywhere, no bumps, no cuts, nothing: “Why don’t you open your eyes?”

Her: “It’s too bright.”

She continues to whimper and whine. I realize I had only been sleeping for 18 minutes but feel as if I was in a deep sleep. I ask her if she wants to come into my room but she crawls back on to her own bed.

Where she continues to whimper and whine for what seems like a really long time. I get up and go back into her room and ask her again to please come into my room so she can calm down and I can get some sleep.

She crawls into bed with me and slowly calms down. My daughter has a habit of sleeping against the grain. Where her head should be she puts her feet, she rarely sleeps inside the covers.

At 3am I awoke because she had kicked me in the face, the side that is already swollen and painful from the recent trip to the endodontist. It hurt so much I actually cried.

And then I did something I hadn’t done in years. I blamed everything on being divorced. If I wasn’t divorced, my ex would be here to help with this situation, if I hadn’t divorced, ex would insist she stay in her room and figure it out, if I hadn’t divorced I would have gone to sleep long before midnight. And many more which I can’t remember but seemed important at the time. I find it interesting that physical pain can bring emotions to the surface I wasn’t aware I was having. I don’t plan to run out and get married but there is something really nice about having someone who loves you take care of you when you don’t feel good.

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  • GDad

    Feel better soon.

  • Bill

    Why not go farther back? If you hadn’t bought her a bed, she could sleep on a pallet on the floor, so falling off would not be a consideration.

    Or, if you hadn’t married, you wouldn’t have a child who flailed & fell in the night.

    We could even drag out Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine, and make your dad run off with some boyfriend before he married your mother. But then you wouldn’t be here, and none of us would like that.