Ahhh yes, it's a tough week for Mr. Dayton. Dayton's beloved educational assistant's last day of work was yesterday. Today, he got to watch his grandma Karen move her belongings out of grandpa's home and leave for Colorado on her new life, and Big Mamma starts her new job on Monday. Poor kid...
Hold up... Did I say grandma Karen is leaving us? Yes... Even grandparents have marital issues. Grandma Karen has been gone since September when her mom passed away, and today was the first time we've seen her since her terrible ordeal... Losing a parent is never easy, no matter how old you are.
Dayton of course is confused...
Last night: "Dayton, we're going to grandpa's tomorrow morning to help grandma move out. I'd like to be there early, so I was thinking we'd get up at the same time we normally do to get ready for school and..."
"THERE'S NO SCHOOL TOMORROW!!!"
"I know babe, I was just saying that..."
"No, there's no school tomorrow, no, I'm not getting up early, no grandma moving out. She has to stay."
"Babe, it's not up to us..."
"Her not have a choice, just like I don't. No school tomorrow."
So off we went to grandpa's place this morning, only to be the last of the family to arrive. Dayton's uncles and aunties were already there, and so was grandma Karen, who glanced at us and said: "Oh good, there's more of you..."
I lost it. I'm not proud of it, but remember how I was saying that a year ago, I would cry when someone hurt my feelings, or Dayton's feelings, and I would try to reason with the person as I am a people pleaser. Now I've become Lou's evil twin Lola; not caring who I hurt, leaving a path of destruction behind me. I snapped back at her: "Well, you'd think you'd be happy to see your family again!" She didn't speak to me again.
As I sat on the living room floor with the rest of the family, I felt completely uncomfortable. So it seemed did grandma Karen. She walked around the place like death warmed over. I can't say I blame her, knowing that everyone present was there for grandpa; loyalty lines were drawn, and blood is thicker than water, right? I felt a little bad for her. But she did hurt my baby...
"Grandma's not gonna leave me mamma, she loves me."
"Babe, this has nothing to do with you. This is stupid grown up stuff."
"Mamma, she loves me. She told me she did."
"I don't think that's changed babe. She does love you, but things have changed for her. She has to go back home. It's not about you, it's about her."
"Is this why Mrs. H. (his educational assistant) had to go too? Stupid grown up stuff?"
"Pretty much babe. Stupid grown up stuff."
"But you said you love me, and you never leave me mamma. That's what you said."
"That's different babe. Grandma does love you, and she is leaving, but she's not leaving you."
"How you say she not leaving me when she leaving?"
So I lost my cool. I'm not happy about it. I'm especially not happy that my babe saw me lose my cool. I'm not happy that our family's been turned upside down, and that Dayton's lost his grandma.
This twin sister Lola is not who I am. I'm not this person, and I don't like her.
So, to try and put a smile on both our faces, Dayton and I had what we call 'family night.' We played the little version of Cranium (totally love it, I've modified it to have our own version), tried to play some yahtzee, and then daddy came back to Winnipeg from The Pas... The two of them are currently arguing over the MW3 video game. Lovely. I think I'm going to make it an early night tonight.
Calgon, take me away!
Consider yourselves hugged,