Thursday, April 14, 2011
I Need Some Help
"I'm afraid I overreacted," Stevie said, sounding defeated. If only I'd stayed calm—". Stevie's ex-husband Jon interrupted, trying to console her, "It was a natural response. If I'd come across those filthy emails between Rik and Shawna I'd probably have done the same thing—or worse." "I'm her mother, but how am I supposed to deal with this situation? I have to confront Shawna about her involvement with this Rik person, but all she's going to want to talk about is her ruined computer." "Deal with it just like we taught the kids," Jon said. "'When you mess up, 'fess up and make it right.' That's what we always told them, didn't we? So you apologize for what happened to the computer because of your overreaction, then move on to the real issue." Stevie responded with a silence that communicated volumes. Jon had been with her enough years to know exactly what she wanted. Finally, he asked, "Do you want me to come over later and talk to her?" "Yes, please," Stevie said immediately. "This is a big deal, and I'm in over my head emotionally. I think we both need to be involved. Shawna will be home any minute. How soon can you be here?"