It’s amazing how I can still be hurt.
The bizarre thing is that I can take the hits. I can take someone not liking me, someone being ugly to me.
Bring my kids into it? Yeah, it’s a whole ‘nother ballpark.
So I thought I was pretty immune to being hurt by the ex. Really, I just am numb toward him.
It’s just that I feel hurt when I realize he does nothing to meet the needs of the children – my children. Well, perhaps “nothing” is too strong. But it’s when I think about what I would do for my children and I build any expectation for what they should be getting from him, I open myself up to being hurt.
I know it’s stupid.
I still do it.
I think I would have gotten a second job to be able to send child support and gifts. I would have stayed in touch, writing letters or emails as well as calling. I would have pursued a relationship with my children if I were separated from them. I would send them stickers and books and cards and Skyped and done everything I could to be present in their lives if I were living in another state.
Basically, I would fight for my children.
And seeing that they are just not that important to their own biological father hurts me.
What has he done?
- He sent a couple letters.
- He sent a few emails.
- He sent a couple of birthday presents.
- He sent a couple of Christmas presents.
- He said he wanted to call on Christmas last year.
- He sent the paperwork for the girls to get their passports.
- He flew in for his mother’s birthday party and saw the girls three times over the weekend.
- His paycheck gets docked automatically for about 1/4 of the child support he owes each month.
So, it’s not as though he’s truly done nothing; it’s that he doesn’t do enough.
I need to let go of expectation. I need to free myself from thinking about his actions as any reflection of my own value system. I need to pray. I need to continue to facilitate any reasonable interaction the girls want to have with him. And I need to put this all out of my mind and focus on the good things in my life. It’s just hard to keep it out of your mind when the time rolls around to inform him about medical support reimbursements that he owes. So I need to just quickly do it and then put it out of my mind again. Like a colonoscopy.