Last night, I did something I don't think any self-respecting mom ought to do: I rented a hotel room for my 18 year-old daughter and her Dumbass Boyfriend.
The Backstory: Dawn and Dumbass Boyfriend have been attempting independence since the end of January. They have not been very successful. So unsuccessful, in fact, that she is back home with us until June 1, when, presumably, they will have saved enough money to move into a cheap apartment on the bad side of town.
They have officially worn out their welcome everywhere, and found that short of a homeless shelter, they had nowhere to stay. DB cannot stay at our house for several reasons. One, I don't like the whole shacking up thing, and I am not going to allow it in my roof on my sofa, that I have to sit on every day. Ew. Gross. STOP IT OVERLY VIVID IMAGINATION!! STOP IT NOW!!
Second, he is out on bond, pending (at last count) eight felony charges, including aggravated assault, burglary, theft, etc. (Beating up and robbing drug dealers, even though they are criminals, is still against the law. Weird, huh?) We have foster kids, and two other teenage daughters, and quite simply, I don't trust him or want him around.
Last night we had a long heart to heart with both of them. He agreed to go stay with his grandma and work for his uncle to save up money. She agreed to stay with us to find a job and save up money. (Oh yeah, she lasted a week at the other job. She got sick , took two weeks off and is shocked that they don't want her back.) If they were able to do that, we would pay for the deposit and first month's rent on the little shady-side-of-town apartment.
Assuming they're both working, they can make it easily on minimum wage. And if/when he goes to prison, she'll struggle, but she'll be able to maintain her independence and keep the apartment.
After all that was decided, we sent them to the Microtel, and his grandma picked him up this afternoon.
It's a win-win for everyone except my bank account. He has time to prove to us that he is not as much of a Dumbass Boyfriend as we think he is, and she has time to save up money to rent the place on her own. (I'm so optimistic, aren't I?)
Actually, what I'm feeling is hypocritical. I don't want her shacking up with him, but I sure as hell don't want her to marry him. I want her to be on her own because keeping up with her mood swings and drama is worse the PMS week at the Bunny Ranch. But I don't want her on her own with him.
I look at who I dated in this time period of my own life and think, "Holy God, what was I thinking, and why the hell did You let me continue to think it for so long?"
On the flip side, both my and Bill's parents helped us a lot on the way, even when I'm pretty sure they didn't like us very much. Granted, we are neither one of us felons or dropouts with IQs that border mentally retarded. (That, sadly, is NOT hyperbole. If it were, I'd feel a little better about the whole thing.) But that's all beside the point.
So here I am, wondering if we're doing the right thing. I mean really, what kind of parent rents her teenage daughter a hotel room? Or helps her daughter prepare to move out with a Dumbass Boyfriend. At least I have someone to talk to, my dear, dear blog. You, and all three of my followers.
Now my only question is, where's she gonna sleep? We gave her bedroom to the babies!
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