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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-04 02:43 PM
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Divorced parents still battle for custody--after 38 years.
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No, not a real headline. But it's my life.

Okay, so I'm in my 40s, when are my parents going to stop making me choose?

I'm in California. My dad's in Miami. My mom is in Baltimore. I'm cashing in some frequent flyer miles and want to go to Miami for some fun in the sun.

So, I forget and on the phone to my mom last week I tell her I'm going to Dad's and she first asks why aren't I coming to see her? She came to see me last fall for 10 days. I haven't seen my dad since 2000 or 2001. Oh, and I've lived here since 1979 and never once has my dad come to see me.

My mom wants me to go see the extended family (godparents, etc.) -- and if I tell my dad I'm doing that, I'll get grief from him, "Why do you want to go see those old hippies?" Besides, I'm not even renting a car and I'd have to ask my stepmom for her BMW to go to Coconut Grove and I'm very reluctant to do that.

So, now I'm not even looking forward to going to Miami anymore and I just remembered why I live 3,000 miles away from both my parents.

I don't have anybody I can talk to about things like this.

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