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Single Mom – Chapter 2 I made it exactly 27 days living with my parents. It felt like I was a kid again. My mom actually scolded me for leaving a pile of dirty clothes on the bathroom floor. Moving in with them was a decision borne of desperation, and the awareness that if I didn’t leave him now I might never. On day 28 I packed up our stuff, and we moved into a rental house, just the three of us. I thought I’d be scared. I was now an official “single mom.” For the first time since the divorce, Mark and Billy would be relying solely on me. I wasn’t scared, though. I loved it. I finally had the freedom to make my own decisions without worrying if my choice would make Paul mad. I was my own boss, and it felt great. The first test of our ability to function as a divorced couple came quickly. A note came home in Billy’s school folder from the school psychologist, Dr. Peters. Dr. Peters was worried that Billy was beginning to suffer from childhood anxiety. The note was a punch to my gut. I thought I was handling being a single mom well, and not just well, but fantastically well. If I was doing as great as I thought I was, than how could I have missed how much Billy was struggling? Want to know a worse feeling than the guilt that was gnawing at me? Calling Paul to tell him what the note said. I expected him to yell at me, to blame me for causing Billy’s anxiety, because I was the one that left. Worst of all, I wouldn’t have blamed him if he did. But, he didn’t. Paul was mad, though. I knew him well enough to know when he was swallowing his feelings. We calmly talked about how to handle the situation. We made an appointment to visit Dr. Peters together. We were able to discuss our son’s anxiety with Dr. Peters with no hostility towards each other. That’s when I first noticed a friendship beginning to form. Source: Visit Us

Single Mom – Chapter 2 - My mom actually scolded me for leaving a pile of dirty clothes on the bathroom floor.

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