Tuesday, February 26, 2013
"That's fine," I said. "I'll come have lunch with you on Thursday, instead. How is Banana Splits going? Does it help?"
"A little, I guess. We have to fill out these worksheets like, 'Does your dad have a girlfriend?' and 'Does your mom have a boyfriend?' Really personal stuff! Why do they have to ask such personal questions?"
"Well, some kids have a lot of trouble with that. Asking those questions helps Ms. L [the guidance counselor and group leader] know how to help you guys."
"It's still really personal!"
"That's true. You don't have to answer any questions if they make you uncomfortable. ...Does it bother you that Daddy has a girlfriend?" (Matt told the kids about that a week or so ago.)
"No, it's okay."
"Well, that's good. ...Would it bother you if I had a boyfriend?"
"I don't know." She thought for a moment. "Would you be gone all the time?"
"No, I'd only go out when you guys were with Dad. I'd be home when you're with me, just like now."
"Would your boyfriend come over, then?"
"Hm." She thought another moment. "I think I'd have to know who he was."
"That's perfectly fair."
And just as I was feeling grateful for her mature, reasoned response, she added, "I don't know if... I mean, I just don't see it happening, really."
...Thanks for the vote of confidence, kid.