The secret diary of a single parent bloke
I’ve decided to do something about my lonely, boring life. Actually, I’ve decided to do several things, none of which are particularly original, but hopefully will work nevertheless. There are two problems that I need to overcome- lack of free time and lack of friends.
The first part of my plan is to go to college, so I’ve enrolled on a two year art evening class. My Mom has very kindly offered to babysit for me- it will be a manic rush to pick the kids up from after-school club, do dinner (which I won’t have time to eat), and get out of the house. Hopefully I’ll make a few friends, it’ll give me a much-needed break, and will be worth the additional running around.
The second is to try to get back in touch with friends who I’ve lost contact with. I got back into contact with Claire and Paul (both friends from school) a couple of years back, but Kat hated me having friends and was very antisocial with them, so I soon lost contact with them again. In fact, she actually gave me an ultimatum that I should sever all contact with Claire. Claire was never a threat to our marriage, I think that Kat just didn’t like the idea of me having friends. So I’ve got back in touch with her, and she’s invited me out on a couple of things that she does with a group that she’s in. I’m not sure exactly what this “group” is, but it won’t hurt to take a look.
And third is to go to the pub! Quite by accident, I discovered that the pub in the next road has a beer garden and play area. I’ve lived here for 5 years, and had no idea. Kat always refused to go to the pub. When the weather’s OK, I nip over with the kids on a Friday evening. I’ve got to know a couple of people already, mainly due to Natalia and Jack making friends with their children. I really look forward to it, and almost pray for sun on a Friday. It’s become the highlight of my week.
I can’t believe how much life has improved over the last few months, and with these new changes, I’m feeling really optimistic about the future.