Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Wednesday's Child - A Savior

My daughter was born on a Friday. She is loving and giving. Her love for me gave me back my life. I had a few crises of the soul when I was younger. I seemed to always trip over my own two feet. Dead-end, mediocre, menial jobs occupied my financial life. I partied every off minute and lead a debauched existence.

My daughter’s father entertained me with amusing, witty stories. Is there a better reason to have a relationship with someone? Back then I didn’t think so. That man could weave a yarn. Pie in the sky tales, funny, sarcastic jokes, wild dreams and promises of castles in the sky that we would build together.

He lived in Canada. I even visited him there early in our relationship and I continued with him after discovering he lived with a friend in his friend’s apartment and he had no car. I believed all of the stupid reasons for his situation. I knew better even then but thought so poorly of myself that I ignored my better judgment. Neither of us were children at this point. I was twenty-seven when I got pregnant, he was (brace yourself) forty-four.

I moved to Canada. We lived with his friend. I couldn’t work. The Canadian economy wasn’t too great and they didn’t want to hire an American. The only car we had was mine. I ended up being stuck in Niagara Falls bored out of my mind, pregnant and with a bunch of unfulfilled promises. The last straw for me (six months pregnant) was when he wouldn’t go to work because he wanted to go bowling. I finally woke up.

I wrote a note saying bye. I packed my car up and moved back to Jersey and never looked back.

5 comments:

  1. This really touched me. I am sorry you had such a difficult journey at that point in your life. But, I am very glad for your daughter having been born, and that you got out of that situation as early as you did.

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  2. I'm a sucker for a good story too. And those who tell me the best, always get my attention. I am learning that there are more things in life, than being able to articulate them.

    Very touching, Ness. But I think you're not giving yourself enough credit (what else is new). I mean, you packed up, left and started a new life for yourself.

    How many can say that?

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  3. This guy sounds like one of my brother-in-laws. I'm sorry that you had to go through all that, just to find that he was no good. It's great to hear that you didn't stand for it, in the end.

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  4. I'm sorry you had to go through it too but i'm glad you have your little girl from the relationship so it wasnt all bad. :)

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  5. Dorkette: Thanks for your sympathy. My daughter is the best thing that ever happened to me.

    Jenn: I'm still a sucker for a good story, but now I try not to fall in love with the story teller. Your right, I did get myself out, but I also got myself in. I take credit for both actions.

    The Grunt: I hold no grudge. He is what he is and deep down I knew that. I got the best part of the deal.

    Glaciermeow: Yes, my daughter is the best gift I've ever gotten.

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