The next few months flew by after the baby was born, but things weren’t easy. My older man, Keegan, was averaging over 500 hours a month for a couple months, and I felt like a single mom because of it. Then, to top it off, I had to go back to work full-time around three months after the baby was born. This was freeing and frustrating at the same time
It was also the time of year again for the massive family cookout/get-together in D.C. for Keegan’s family. Everyone would be there, at least according to Keegan’s mom.
Since Keegan was the oldest of all the cousins in his family, but the last to have a child and the only one who was STILL unmarried, there was a wave of compliments, concerns, and rude comments, which I felt were totally out of place. It was at this family get-together that his cousin Richard pulled me aside and asked me bluntly if I was ever going to walk down the aisle with Keegan or not.
Keegan’s meddling mother let the whole family know—despite it being none of their damn business—that I was the one who refused to get married prior to the baby being born. It was this conversation with Richard that I realized just how much of my personal business Keegan’s mother was sharing—and she was telling everyone. I wanted to punch her.
This set the tone for a very long and ongoing battle with my future mother-in-law over everything. From planning my wedding, to caring for my daughter, my many surgeries, my relationship with my fiancé, and anything else that the blabber mouth could find out she would call at least five other people and tell them. The only person she was hurting was me, and she damn well knew it.
“So Vivian, you look great after just having the baby! What’s the hold up? Are you going to make Keegan an honest man or what?” Richard asked brassily
“We will get married in due time. We’ve kind of been a bit busy, don’t you think, with a new house and new baby?” I asked in a snarky, but sweet voice.
“What do you need to get started? I know it would make him beyond happy to make you his wife. You might want to consider making that your priority, aside from caring for your newborn,” he said before briskly walking away.