3 weeks ago, while Abigail talked to her dad on the phone, he finally told her that he had indeed gotten married in October, without her being there. I had held off on telling her, insisting that she talk to her dad about it. He just never talked to her after his wedding, so that was the first time she had the chance to ask.
At any rate, we were talking about relationships today: I am my mom's daughter, and Gonzer's grand-daughter. Abigail is Teta and Uncle Jordan's niece. Abigail's new sister will be their niece, and Gaga and Pepaw's grand-daughter as well. Then she asked why I have "2 dads" and I explained that Pepaw is my step-dad.
I think that's when she put it together.
"Do I have a step-dad, Momma?"
"No. You just have Daddy."
"Oh, but Sarah is my... what?"
"Oh. Sarah is my step-mom. (pause) But you are still my Momma, right?"
I reassured her, and then ended up having to explain how Daddy and I were married, but we aren't anymore, and he is now married to Sarah. Abigail wondered why her dad and I weren't still married, so I explained that you can only be married to one person at a time. She was really asking a lot of questions, and eventually she figured out that if I ever got married again, he would be her step-dad. She was really interested in that little bit of information.
It was so difficult to have this conversation with her, and as much as I don't miss my prior and I really don't miss being married to him, it breaks my heart when my little girl, just 5 years old, has to process the idea that her Momma and Daddy used to be married and aren't married anymore, but that her Daddy married someone else. The most heart-breaking part? This...
"So, you were married to my Daddy until I was born, and then you didn't want to be married anymore?"
How do you make a 5 year old understand that it was not her fault?