Sympathy for the Stepparent
At 83 and 76, DH and I are beyond the SP days, thank God. But recent events have given me sympathy for the SP role.
My mom is in long-term care and my GD recently asked to stay here, with BF and his dog, for an extended period. Both these things concern my relatives and both are stressful to DH as he deals with some physical issues. Today, as we shopped for Mom, he had to navigate lots of traffic and lines at the stores, wait around for me, deal with packages, drive over to the home for drop-off. He grumbled some, mostly for my sake ("Your brothers don't realize what all you do, we do this 3 times a week!") Luckily, GD called today to say they are staying at an airbnbs instead of here but until then, he has been telling me about the many logistic issues it would cause.
I thought to myself, this is what all the SPs go thru, the disruption of their schedules and homes due to their spouses' familial obligations.
All you SP out there, I get it.