Yesterday, O’s stepmonster was supposed to pick her up at 2:30. O called at 2:15 to say she and TCBIM were running about 10 minutes late. SM started yelling and swearing at her. Her father (P) called me and bitched at me about them not being at the house at 2:30. O called again, at 2:40, and said she’d be there in 2 minutes. SM said too bad, she’d already left, and yelled and swore at her some more.
When O got home, she called her dad and told him she didn’t want to go over at all because of the way SM talked to her. Her dad tried to convince her, but she stuck to her guns and said no. Her SM called her again and told her that O couldn’t come over until she changed her attitude and stopped spouting what I was telling her to say. O replied that she wasn’t, she was saying what she wanted to say and that she was tired of being yelled at all the time. SM hung up on her.
Her dad called several times last night to try to convince her to come over, in spite of what SM said. O doesn’t want to go at all, but we talked about it and I suggested she tell her dad she’ll go, but if SM starts in on her, she will ask to go home.
I don’t really know what else to do. I have called my lawyer and explained the situation. She is writing a letter to P about our move, since he won’t speak reasonably to me about it and the lawyer thought it would sound better coming from her. I explained what happened yesterday, but I don’t know that there’s much that the lawyer can do about it. If O refuses to go with her dad, he will make her life miserable. He will probably accuse me of not letting her see me and will probably drag the police into this, since his wife works for the city police department and has a brother on the force.
I’m just so sick of it all. I’m not trying to keep O from him – she’s decided all on her own that she’s tired of this. She does want to see her dad, but she doesn’t want to be yelled at by the SM. And of course, the SM only does this yelling when P isn’t around. So P doesn’t believe O about that, either. He refuses to believe that O is telling him the truth about how she feels – he thinks I’m putting her up to it. He’s threatened to try to get custody of her. He’s told O that he “could take M (TCBIM) in a fight” and that he screams at me on the phone because he knows it scares me.
O talked to him again today to say she didn’t want to come over until Friday evening. He told her he wanted her to call him back when she “stopped being a snotty little bitch” about it. She told me she’s not calling him.
I’ve decided to just let the lawyer handle it. It’s ridiculous. O shouldn’t have to be subjected to all this stress and nor should I.
I’m so unbelievably frustrated and upset by all of this, and O is, too. I am very proud of her for standing up for herself, though. She never would have done that before. I hope this continues. And I hope P doesn’t take off with her, or pull some stunt this weekend by not bringing her back to me. That’s my biggest fear.
Amazingly, in spite of all this crap, her blood sugars have been pretty level.
***NB: I called our work’s employee mental health program to get a counsellor for O, since I’m not having any luck doing it on my own. The woman asked me if O was afraid that she would get hit while she was there and I said I didn’t think so, but I just asked O now and she said yes, she was afraid of being hit. God. I’m just sick about this. I informed the lawyer. I just don’t know what else to do. I just want to go into a room and cry.