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  • Friday, July 14, 2006
    and furthermore,
    I can't get a read on how the girls are DOING. They started this summer on such a positive note compared to summers past, and I was very optimistic. but now, when I talk to Thing Two on the phone, her chipper-ness seems forced. When I talk to Thing One, she says she's "happy" in a flat and dull voice. She says she's doing "great" as if she's barfing up the word.

    Ex only has a cell phone - and the girls often call me from the car. And they ain't the ones driving. So he's right there, and listening to every word. Once, as soon as Beloved got on the phone, and Thing Two was talking with him in a fun and happy way, the Ex immediately had to "talk to her" and made her get off the phone. Thing One once mentioned to me that it's hard to talk on the phone because of the "phone bill."

    So I don't know how they are. I know that today, Thing One was tired, because she had to get up at 10 this morning. TEN!!! She is up until 12 or 1 a.m. every night, and sleeps until 11 or noon. She's not yet ten!! This could be contributing to her flat tone and unhappy-sounding happiness.

    They're leaving the Ex's home early next week and traveling to his parents' house. I think that at the very least - this will put them on a normal schedule. Then I can perhaps get a better sense of how they're really doing.

    They come home in 28 days. I wish it were 2.
    posted by Zuska @ 9:51 PM  
    • At Saturday, July 15, 2006 8:21:00 AM, Blogger Legal Quandary said…

      I've had that same experience with my ex. Except that it wasn't usually him listening in on the conversations, but EC's grandmother. Who would interject into the conversation all the time, so it was more like I was talking to her than talking to my child. Plus the damned TV was always going in the background.

      As for the sleeping times - at least it sounds like they're upfront about what's going on. Roundboy used to either 1) lie to me, or 2) do some strange math to make it seem like EC was getting enough sleep. Most memorable was the year when he told us that her going to bed at midnight and getting up at 10 AM was the same thing as enforcing her bedtime because we were on Pacific Time and they were on Central.

      Not that any of this helps, but I feel your pain.

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