I used to have a very happy family with my mom, dad, and me.
It shocked me that my parents divorced because I grew up in love. They paid enough attention and never argued with me, so I didn’t see what was happening.
My mom only told me Dad wouldn’t live with us anymore. I didn’t understand anything. I was only ten.
In our home, my mother and I lived alone. On weekends, my father would check in on me and ask how I was doing. If anything happened wrong, he would run to help. I trusted him completely.
I felt the love of both parents even after their divorce. Later, my dad moved away to work abroad, leaving us only with online communication. He sent me lots of gifts and cards.
Several years ago, when I was 14, my mom told me she was dating a guy and wanted to introduce us.
Even though Brian is a decent person and a capable husband, I couldn’t accept him in our family for some reason. After all, he believed that my mother should only be with my dad.
Brian moved in with us shortly after they got married. He tried to establish contact with me and make friends in any way he could. Brian used to invite me to fish or grill in the forest.
I was stubborn because I was a teen. I was furious at them more than once, but it didn’t work. When I got bad grades at school or got into fights with boys, Brian always defended me in front of my mom because it wasn’t easy for me.
My stepfather and I coexisted, nothing more.
One morning, my mom felt sick. She called an ambulance, and we headed to the hospital. I was scared. We waited impatiently in the hallway for the doctor. It was only then that I realized how much Brian loves my mom. He couldn’t find a place for himself because he was so worried. It was necessary to pay for an urgent surgery. Therefore, my stepfather did everything he could to collect this money.
Brian provided the highest quality care for my mother. In addition to taking care of her, he also took care of me. He cooked food and helped with lessons. That’s when I started respecting him.
Once, he told me the following words: “I don’t want to replace your father. I want your mom to be happy next to me. If I can gain your friendship, I am sure your mother will also be like this.” I looked at Brian with freshly opened eyes.
It’s been a blissful relationship ever since. I started noticing the joy in my mom’s eyes, which was a big deal.