the continuing saga of the misplaced morning wood

I’ve posted a few times about my Mom’s boyfriend. I’ve had some fun at both of their expense. I try to keep it light but it’s actually a pretty sensitive subject for me because I have some concerns.

If you have been following me you know the story. My mother has a boyfriend. He is a decent enough guy, my mother likes him and that is what should matter to me. After burying 2 husbands in a matter of 3 years I encourage her to be happy by any means, including a dating website. After enduring several lunch dates with many men who hadn’t updated their profile pics in 10 years, dodging “I love you’s” via email and politely declining very inappropriate advances she settled on Dave. Not knowing, of course, that he carries more baggage than a Kardashian on a day trip.

It didn’t bother either of them that Dave lived almost 2 hours away. They hit it well enough that Dave was invited to stay the weekend when he came over, because of the distance. I warned my mother, perhaps uninvited, that this was a terrible idea. Once the guy had stayed at your house, you have just gone from a casual, “let’s see where this is going” situation to something else entirely. I was right, the shine is off the apple and she sees it. His issues are coming to the fore.

He makes cracks about the “ghosts” of my father and her second husband. He is very “handsy” and touchy-feely. He doesn’t like her wearing her wedding ring. He constantly makes subtle “jokes” about moving in. 2 weeks ago he tried to lay the wood to my mother at 6 am, prompting a big argument and the impromptu packing of his shit and leaving. I was almost happy, although I kept it to myself and focused on my mother. Historically, she suppresses her emotions and I couldn’t tell if she was ok or not. I was hoping that Mr. Grab ’em by the p*%^y was gone for good. In the days that followed, Mom confided in me her issues with him. She was concerned about the groping, the lack of boundaries, the jealousy and, here’s a new one, her lack of physical attraction to him. I told her that she should take advantage of the break they are on and assess how much these things really bother her. What did she do? She made a lunch date with a persistent fellow she had met before she settled on Dave. She likes him a lot.

And then Dave called, begging for a second chance. And she gave it to him. Now she’s confused what to do and I can’t help her.

He is being better, I will give him that. He is less handsy and more careful with the morning wood (at least so I am told I personally stay away from that topic unless it is brought up). But the underlying issues are still there. Mom is still concerned that there isn’t much of a “spark” (they’re 72, compromise will you?) and he is pressing to make long-term plans with her such as traveling and buying property together and making subtle cracks about moving in. Mom wants none of these things with him and refuses to say something. I want to. I know something is up and when I see him I almost want to tell him what she won’t, it’s only fair. Every time I see him I think to myself here comes Mr. Dead Man Walking. I don’t even want to get close to him because I know it’s temporary.

Of course, there’s another reason that I have cooled off on him. Last month he and my Mom went to California. He wanted to visit his son and my mother’s family is concentrated in the same area so it was a good opportunity to see them. They got along well by all accounts and had a good time. When they returned, my mom was curious what her cousin, whose opinion she respects deeply, thought of Dave. The response was staggering. Apparently, they liked him at first, they later found him to be whiny, selfish and a bit petty. One nugget that my mother regrets relaying to me is that he made a point, when mom left the room, to mention that he’d like a little more privacy but her son (me) is always there. I admit, I fixated on that. Mom heard all she needed to hear to decide that he’s not the one and I was just plain pissed.

Apparently, I’m just a 240-pound cock-block to this guy. Excuse the fuck out of me!?! Forgive me for standing in the way of him walking around our living room at 2 in the afternoon swinging his dick like a yo-yo but yes I do live there so fuck you, buddy. I’m sorry that my life collapsed and that I am sick with nowhere else to go but I do live here so deal with it. This revelation has changed how I act around him. Of course, I’m not supposed to know but I am colder than my ex-wife’s side of the bed to this guy now. I wonder if he know’s that it’s actually my house, per her will. Maybe I’ll work that nugget into conversation over coffee someday.

I saw mom earlier today and asked her what she was up to. She has a lunch date with another guy. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the show for now.

 

 

14 thoughts on “the continuing saga of the misplaced morning wood”

  1. Thanks for the most excellent update, mate! As I read along, absorbing every detail, I tried to place myself in it (like a lot of those here did, I’m sure). I was caught between that part of me that understands all relationships are a little fucked up and that part of me that wants everyone to seek the best happiness possible, even if that ends alone.

    Until the trip.

    It’s clear to me (or as clear as it could be in 1000 words or less) that “mom” ain’t into him. And when you let someone linger ya just ain’t into, it gets harder and harder to jettison that muther as time goes by. I know. I’ve seen it. My mom had many regrets about it in her (his) dwindling years.

    So, yeah, I’m with Justin and the others. F’ this guy, goodbye.

    Keep us updated. I can’t wait for the happy ending!

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    1. “jettison that muther”
      My new motto.

      Job getting you down?
      “jettison that muther”
      Girlfriend ghosting you?
      “jettison that muther”
      Kids taking you for granted?
      “jettison that muther”

      Just kidding about the kids, and the job.

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  2. “he tried to lay the wood to my mother”
    I love the delicate phrasing, like something out of a scene from a very proper court:

    Judge: What’s the charge?
    You: Well, 2 weeks ago he tried to lay the wood to my mother at 6 am.
    [The prim and proper crowd gasps, some ladies faint, and the men clutch their weapons.]

    You have restraint.

    We can’t save our family members from themselves. We can try, but that often leads to frustration and hurt feelings. And the tough thing is we may have to pick up the pieces, as they’ve done for us. It’s hard to know when to step in, when to wait, and when to let go.

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  3. Okay, now that I’ve actually read the article:
    -You’re a good son
    -You’re a good son for respecting your mother’s privacy / personal life / all dat
    -Get him the fuck out of there.

    I hate to be that guy who’s like, “I’m an excellent judge of character,” but fuck this guy… and I’m an excellent judge of character. He’s out for your mom as property. He wants you gone so he can do whatever he wants, which probably involves things that’d make you want to kill him (whether that’s emotional or physical abuse).

    Truly, do all in your power to (gently) persuade mom that this guy isn’t worth it. I’m not saying anything about you, but this hyper-emotional fuck (me) would’ve told this guy to eat the peanuts out of his shit after what you described.

    COME ON! DO IT! DO IT NOW!!!

    Anyway, thanks for your sharing. Your circumstances shouldn’t bother this guy, an outsider and a stranger to your situation, in the slightest. The moment it did, he removed himself from the list of potentials. Just my not-so-humble opinion.

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