Blended families are prone to awkward moments. There is really no way around it. Regardless of your role in your blended family, those please ground, swallow me! moments are going to happen. Let me tell you a story.
One day about three years ago I was having a super productive day in our home office. I rolled out of bed and headed upstairs and was just on fire with accomplishments. I was super woman. This lasted all through lunch and well into the early afternoon. About 3:30 I decided to take a break. I’m a big believer in spending a few minutes outside in the sunshine every hour, so I had some serious catching up to do. Now, when I said I rolled out of bed and went upstairs, I mean that very literally. We’re talking no make up, wild hair, and quite certainly bad breath. Tank top and blue Target pajama pants with little whales. Well, all of our neighbors (at least the ones in our cul-de-sac) work at these fancy get-dressed-up-to-go-to-work places so I wasn’t really concerned about a quick jaunt to the mailbox with the dog. I swung open the front and came face to face with Daniela’s mom. My husband’s ex wife. Now, it doesn’t matter that we’ve been married much longer than they ever were. It doesn’t matter that he and I are deliriously in love. It doesn’t matter that I am a super confident woman with great self esteem. When you run into the first wife, you want to look flawless. Needless to say, we were both beyond startled and just kind of stared at each other. I quickly realized how unkempt I was and did the only thing I could think of to do. I started coughing. (Bahahahaha!) Years of getting out school “sick” kicked in and I gave a performance worthy of an Emmy nod. She was just leaving some things outside that Daniela had brought to her house and was equally surprised/horrified to see me in such a slovenly state. She quickly apologized, wished me health and wellness, and was on her way. I shut the front door and found Marco, telling him that I ran into Daniela’s mom outside. He looked at me with a flicker of mirth in his eyes and said “Oh babe, come here. You look like shit”. I could not stop laughing. In the name of complete and utter vanity, I made sure to look extra classy the next few times I saw her.
Awkward moments are bound to happen, blended family or not, and the best way to get through them is with your head high and a good sense of humor. A glass of wine doesn’t hurt either.
Happy weekend to you :)