Gilly: Otter, can I come in?
Gilly: What’re you watching?
Otter: Just finishing the movie Mel and I were watching. She fell asleep halfway through so I moved her to the bed where she’d be more comfortable. I figured you’d be going out tonight anyway. Did you want something?
Gilly: No. No more working late. No more partying. I don’t … I want to be there more for Mellow, I just … how do I do that? How do I make her … not hate me?
Otter: She doesn’t hate you. It’s not rocket science Gilly, you just be there for her. Put her first, even before work. She’s almost a teenager, it’s a rough time for her right now.
Gilly: Right, I’ll definitely try to do that. No, I will do that.
Otter: I’m glad to hear that. Listen, if you’re really serious about this, you could always do something with us for her birthday. Becoming a teenager is kind of a big deal apparently.
Gilly: Her birthday? Oh my god it’s nearly her birthday! I completely forgot! Oh god, I’m such a bad mother! I forget her birthday!
Otter: Calm down. You’re not a bad mother, you’re just … you’ve been focused on the wrong things. But you can fix that; start with her birthday and go from there. Baby steps.
Gilly: Ok … ok. I know! I can throw a party for her and all her friends! She’ll love that!
Otter: Uh, maybe something a little less social? Mellow is … she doesn’t have many friends.
Gilly: What? She doesn’t? *groans* Oh god, see I didn’t even know that! Why doesn’t she have a lot of friends, is there … something wrong with her?
Otter: Of course not! There’s nothing wrong with her at all Gilly, she’s just not interested in a lot of the things most little girls are interested in. She likes science, and space, and working with her hands; things like that. She has no interest in talking about boys, or shopping for clothes or anything other little girls like.
Gilly: Alright then … birthday … something small. Just the three of us maybe? Ok I’ll … I’ll figure something out.
Otter: Sounds like a plan. Wanna finish watching the movie with me?
Gilly: *smiles* Yeh, I’d like that.
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