Saturday, April 26, 2008

Telling nieces about divorce

Well, I think I did a good job. My sister told me they were asking if Uncle X was coming this weekend, and so I figured it'd be good for me to tell them.

We were all swinging on the hammock, so I asked them if they had friends in school whose parents don't live together anymore. They said yes. I then said, so you know what divorce is? Yes... OK, well Uncle X and I are unfortunately getting a divorce so you won't be seeing much of him anymore. The older looked at me - are you kidding? Nope, sorry. Then not too much after that. I'm sure it's sinking in and there will be questions to my sister. But then again, maybe not. Kids can be surprising.

10 comments:

Tara said...

I think you did well! Naturally it will take them a few seconds to think it over, but obviously they know it happens.

evil-e said...

Why play around and candy coat anything. Life does not sugar coat stuff, so why should this be any different. Well played.

Churlita said...

Kids do much better when you're straight up with them. The older they get, the more they understand that not all relationships last forever.

The CEO said...

I agree, you played it well. They have changed their best friend several times already, and they understand the concept. I'm sorry it didn't work for you.

NoRegrets said...

I certainly hope so! thanks all...
Now I just have to do stuff my husband used to so they like me as much as they liked him!

Tera said...

And they can say the darnedest damned things!

Tera said...

And they can say the darnedest damned things!

Tera said...

Ha! Guess it won't be after the first quarter after all...drunk just seems to creep up on you!

NoRegrets said...

And there you go - not only seeing double but commenting double...

Tera said...

...And laughing my ass off!!!