The other half and I split when the kids were ten and six. The six year old adjusted well. The ten year old? Not so much. After two harrowing years, I turned to professionals and we started family counseling.
I'm sure Shalom made an opening for us on her schedule after the preliminary phone call. The one where I was trying to talk like a rational human being and anyone who wasn't deaf could tell that the level of chaos in my household was red-lining. At least once during that phone call Asshat #1 darted in and hung up the phone on me.
During one particularly loud chaotic session #1 wanted to know if I had ever smoked pot. Shalom's response was that she was shocked I wasn't already a raging alcoholic. Tip - if your counselor suggests this, you probably should have sought help sooner.
On leaving that session, it was cold and just starting to get dark. Number 1 got in the front seat while I made sure #2 was properly
That's when #1 decided to start pushing buttons.
The button for the lock.
If you, as a child of the 70's should ever be engaged in a contest of thumb dexterity and speed against a child who cut his teeth on Sega Genesis and Nintendo, you are fucked.
So as I would press my key fob, with one hand while trying to shuffle my purse and my open can of pop around so I could open the door with the other I was hearing the lock snapping shut again.
After a few minutes of the purse and pop shuffle, I start to wonder what the people coming out of the adjoining grocery store are thinking. Watching this wild woman fling her purse from her hand to her armpit with pop flying everywhere. And because I felt like an asshole, I went and gave anyone watching me a true display of how an asshole acts.
I whipped my half full can of pop at the car.
Mission accomplished, Asshat #1 finally let the wild woman who was his mother in her own damn car and we drove home. Thirsty, and with my face burning in shame the entire way.
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