Co-Parenting

Today I am grateful for my spouse, S.  This afternoon was one of those where, for no good reason, my tolerance for toddlerhood was at a minimum.  The hours of negotiations had worn me down and I was just done by about 4:00 p.m.  That was about 15 minutes before my chiropractor appointment where my child decided to stack all the child-size plastic chairs in front of the door so that exiting patrons had to traverse some sort of Sesame St. minefield.  M really is an easy kid, I just couldn’t hang today.

I am grateful for S because in her, I have a true partner.  I knew that I could come home, open the front door, say “I’m done” and she would pick right up where I left off.  I called on the way home from the chiropractor and asked S to chop some veggies for dinner.  This is not something I normally do because she is basically inept at all things culinary.  (Sorry, babe.  It is just the truth.) I walked through the door to water boiling for pasta, chopped veggies and a willing smile.  Not only did she want to be with M because she missed him all day, but she also wanted to give me a break.

I am grateful for feeling like I am totally in this with someone else.  Not just someone else, but with S.  I don’t know how single parents do it.  I think I would implode.  I am grateful for having a partner in the true sense of the word.

-Betsy

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