I’ve been thinking about my sites a lot lately. The forum, the review site, and the podcast site are all pretty well rocking and I love them. The Off Topic site is a lot of fun, too, and I enjoy coming up with off the wall ideas with friends about what we can post there. It’s liberating to have an entire site dedicated to rude and, many times, offensive material. It’sÂ a wonderful way for nice people to purge their darkest urges and inappropriate thoughts. And the best part is that it’s usually pretty funny.
The site that gets the least amount of attention is this one. My personal blog site is almost always the last place I go. There are so many outlets for posting random thoughts that I rarely feel like there’s anything left of interest to say once I get here.
Oh, here’s something that happened yesterday. I picked my kid up from school so that we could go get our flu shots – which he rocked – and on the drive he asked me who my parents are. While that may seem like a dumb question, our family dynamics aren’t that straightforward and he’s only met my father a couple of times.
So I tell him who my folks are and then he asks me who I lived with while I grew up. I answered that one only to have the follow up of why my parents broke up, which was quick and easy to explain. There’s a certain tone to his voice, though, when he asked it so I follow up with, “are you worried that mom and I are going to break up?” That one got an immediate “yeah.”
Now, I want to make it clear that TJ and I have had mild disagreements in front of him less than a handful of times during his life so it’s not like we’re in screaming matches regularly. We’re affectionate and talk about love all the time. We’re very solid. I think he’s understanding the different family dynamics of his peers more and looking for some reassurance that we’re still a stable, happy family unit. So I tell him that he doesn’t have to worry about that because Mom and I love each other very much and make each other very happy. He seemed totally fine with that. I filled TJ in via text message while he and I waited to get needles in the arms.
Later in the day, we went to parent/teacher conferences where we got a prettyÂ good review of how he’s doing in school. There’s one major change that we decided to institute today and we wanted to make sure that he was prepared and not caught by surprise when it’s discussed in class, so TJ and I called him to the table to chat. Before he got within earshot, I whisper to TJ that she should start out with “Ma and I have decided to split up.” Her jaw drops and she lets me know what aÂ truly horrible person I am. It’s not like I thought she’d actually do it but I still think it was funny. Oh, the look on her face! It makes me happy that I can still shockÂ her with my terribly inappropriate sense of humor.