Today I had to go to work because we had an Open House for prospective parents. I wore my shiniest shirt and crisp checkered shoes. Or possibly the other way around. Anyway, my ostensible role was to greet any touring prospects and answer their questions about third grade. Ms. Yule had the shift before me and told me that she fielded a few queries, but since most of the prospects had children aged 0-3, really very few had any interest in finding out about third grade just yet. So I ended up standing around like an ugly male caryatid saying barely two words to any adults. I did engage in a bit of persiflage with the Prestigius students that were attending, but that was about it. Afterwards I stayed and got Monday's spelling words and homework ready.
But! Before that, I drove up to LD's house. Eyeball had taken KJr out for a fishing trip (indoors somehow, as I understand it), so I went out to lunch with the three girls. I really like Crab a lot. I mean, Cake is sweet too, but I have a soft spot for Crab. LD remarked that we share the same goofy facial expressions and mannerisms. She cracks me up with her self-aware joking.
Tonight, LD and the kids went over to 74 and Zaftig's house, with Eyeball (the Family, as they used to call themselves), for Nora's birthday party. I felt left out and mildly resentful at the entire situation that has robbed me of old friends, as usual, but I am in a much more solidly grounded place psyche-wise nowadays and getting better slowly (I hope). Unfortunately, afterwards I heard some really annoying and disturbing stuff about Zaftig. LD told me she was making gross jokes about vagina restoration, certainly something she is copying from her new fancy super-rich Prestigius doctor friends. But not cool, and disturbing to LD. Especially, as LD said, Zaftig herself has been on the other end of that joke in her life. (TMI!!)
Much more disturbing to me is the resurrection of a very old conversation, back when this first started, between Zaftig and LD. Desperate to sway LD from me any way she could, Zaftig dragged me through the mud. She characterized me as a quitter ("he'll walk away when things go bad"), as miles out of LD's league, as someone who LD should know better than go near because I am toxic, as someone who verbally tormented my Ex, as someone who dated a string of young women (ha!), as someone whose Ex was a 2 on the attractiveness scale while LD is a 10 (Zaftig is about a 3; I thought the Ex was cute), etc. All very insulting and nasty. It only reinforced my feeling that I am just fucking done with those people. They are entitled to their opinion, but this insane passive aggressiveness just turns my stomach.