Monday, March 04, 2013
My daughter is 15 and going through the trials of dating, etc... Tonight she was pretty sure her boyfriend was going to break up with her. She was so stressed out that I meddled and called him. I told him his silence and refusal to talk was unfair to her and that if he indeed planned to end their relationship that the least he could do was tell her when she was home and had me around. I work most evenings and she is home alone. He had been concerned that it was ungentlemanly to break up over text message. I suggested he call her, and he did.
Watching my baby's heart get broken was hard. This isn't the first time, nor will it be the last. She asked if she could have chocolate and there is none in the house. I will give her a few minutes to call a friend and venture out to find her some. Am I teaching a bad habit? Maybe. Maybe not. There is a long and storied history of broken hearted females heading for the ice cream or chocolate after a breakup.
What I know is that my daughter (a size 3) won't let this keep her down for long. It was a toughie and as her mom even *I* want to slither into the ice cream. But I won't. However, this all came down just as I was getting ready to work out -- it now feels like that would be incredibly selfish. I will have to let the evening play out. In the meantime, I'm heading to the store to get ice cream and chocolate.
Parenting...what a trip.