I never thought I would ever say this in my lifetime, but my mom has a new boyfriend. My mom has a boyfriend. My parents were married for 43 years. They loved each other very much. Their relationship was stable, and it set an amazing, aspirational example for my brother and sister and me. Then my dad died last summer, and my concept of what I thought life was like changed completely.
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Sometimes kids say it best. She does and says things without recognizing that to some extent our whole family is dating this guy. This year I came home four times from college and he was in town every single time.
When my mom told me she had started dating a roadie for a country western band, my very first gut reaction was sheer giddiness. I was genuinely happy for her, and I was proud of myself for having such a mature response. My sisters would be there, we would go to dinner, I could be charming and ask lots of questions, feeling genuinely happy that my mother would now not be alone. I would be able to compartmentalize the fact that he was not my dad, and appreciate him a person.