My Dad was just in town for a visit. 12 whole days.
It was a good visit but having a guest for that long... well, it's a long time!
I have mixed feelings right now. I am all over the place with how I feel. I've never had a great relationship with my Dad. It's been a lot of hurt and hope and disappointment.
I'm slowly but surely trying to find a way to trust that he is trying to have a relationship with me and not wall myself off. After 25 years of being let down... it's not that easy. But I'm trying.
The husband and I went to start our baby registry this last weekend and when we got back to the apartment I was talking to my Dad about all the things we need and how expensive they are.
He told me that he had $1000 set aside for the baby. That he wanted to buy the crib and mattress and crib bedding. He didn't want to just give us money because he wanted to feel like he was getting an actual gift for the baby.
I was shocked. I almost didn't even have anything to say and I finally stuttered out a thank you.
This is the man who once sent me the same DVD 3 years in a row for my birthday while getting my brother things like kayaks. (Ok, I swear I'm not jealous of my brother at all, or materialistic... I was just very hurt at the differences).
This is the man who once (many years ago) refused to lend me $50 when I was short on a bill because he wanted to give money to my brother to pay for his ski trip.
I never asked him for anything after that.
So when out of nowhere he made this announcement I was stunned. And I honestly did not know how to react.
He later told my husband privately that he'd really like us to get a video camera with the rest of the money so we could send him videos of the baby.
This made me cry.
And, yes, I am crying while I write this.
I, literally, don't know who this person is and I have no idea how to react to it at all.
Honestly, a tiny itty bitty part of me is wondering where this person was 28 years ago and why my birth wasn't as momentous. And, maybe I am a tiny bit jealous, too.
But the majority of me is happily stunned that this baby is already so loved and will get the chance at a relationship with my Dad that I never had.
I look forward to seeing how their relationship plays out.
And I find myself wondering if people really can change?