How’s THAT for an attention-grabbing headline?
It started a few weeks ago when the suggestion came up that I go trick-or-treating with Sunshine, the girls, AND their dad. I wasn’t too keen on the suggestion, primarily because I think the guy is a douche to Sunshine and it bothers me to no end. Hence, the whole thing would be extremely awkward and I wasn’t a big fan of the idea.
Sunshine suggested that we ask the girls to see if they wanted me to go with them or not, which would then help confirm what I would end up doing. They wanted me to join them, so I couldn’t say “no” at that point and the decision was made to join in the trick-or-treating fun.
I was not really a happy camper.
So last night came about and it hit me: I was going to be not only spending time with the douche but also spending time IN HIS HOUSE as Sunshine worked on the girls’ Halloween make-up.
I thought about not going. I thought about waiting out in the car. I thought about finding any reason to NOT spend time in the guy’s house.
But I went.
I can’t really put a finger on what made me ultimately change my mind, but I think it was simply the fact that the girls didn’t know how I felt about their dad so why should I make them think something was up? This wasn’t about me, this was about THEM enjoying Halloween.
So once I got inside the house and on through the rest of the evening, I went about being the most charming and funny step-dad I could possibly be. The girls didn’t get the full CBG-charm, though…their dad did.
Yes, I was the best “bosom-buddy” that I could be. I made him laugh, I talked about tv series with him, and I even made an inappropriate anal sex joke to get a reaction out of him. All in all, it can be considered a major success.
In fact, when I was tucking the oldest into bed, she mentioned just how well we were getting along. She thought that maybe we could be friends.
Obviously, I didn’t have the heart to tell her the truth. But at the end of the day, I think I did a pretty darn good job of being a great “other dad” last night. It was awkward, but it could have been a LOT worse.
Now if only he could act that friendly and normal the rest of the time he deals with Sunshine…