Thankfully, the attorney told me he’d inform the government about my visit to my bank–explain why I had gone there, how much cash for groceries I had withdrawn, etc… And then he asked, “Do you have any idea what you’re going to do?”
That was to become the most-asked question of the day: March 18, 2009.
I thought everyone was asking that in regards to the rest of my life. But I soon learned it wasn’t a question about me, it was about Him. Was I going to kick Him out of the house that day? Did they need to find Him a place to stay?
I didn’t know what I was going to do. Having been married for nearly 20 years, and thinking we were happily married for those 20 years, and thinking I was married to an honest and good man for all those years, not to mention the many shocking revelations I’d received that day, I hadn’t thought that far ahead. I was just trying to get through one minute at a time.
It hadn’t dawned on me to kick him out. I didn’t know what my plan was. My world had crumbled in a moment; I had a million things to confront and face and handle instantly. I didn’t know anything at that point. I only knew I needed to do what was best for my children.
That my answer. ”I don’t know. I need to figure out what is best for my children. I will do what is best for my children.”
What WAS best for my children?
Isn’t that the million dollar question of parenting? And in the end, we just have to do what we feel is right, what we believe is best for them, pray (and then go to work) to ensure that our efforts in their behalf help them grow up to be good, responsible, functioning adults–without baggage from their childhood to overcome.
Good luck with that one, Andrea.
And in my case, in this situation anyway, sometimes you are hated for the parenting decisions you make. Not by your children, necessarily, but by outsiders looking in.