Mr. and Mrs. Tremblay were looking through the photo album. They chuckled when they came across the one of them riding their bikes. Joel had taken it three years ago when he and Kira had visited them. The four of them had gone riding. It was a beautiful day in May. The weather had just started to warm up and feel like Spring.
“We had a wonderful time, didn’t we?” Mrs. Tremblay said.
“Yes, we did. Matt and Gina weren’t there, were they?”
“No. Gina was pregnant with Cam and Matt didn’t want to leave her alone.”
“You mean she didn’t want him to come.”
“You were never fond of her, were you?”
“No. I never thought she was right for Matt.”
“Well, I admit that she isn’t as crazy about him as Kira is about Joel.”
“Kira loves Joel. I don’t think Gina loves Matt.”
“Why did she marry him then?”
“Who knows. I think he made a terrible mistake marrying her.”
“Well, something good came out of it–our grandson, Cam.”
“Yes. He’s a sweet little boy. And that’s because he takes after Matt.”
“Poor Matt. There’s nothing worse than being married to a woman who doesn’t love you.”
The doorbell rang. Mrs. Tremblay looked at the clock over the fireplace. It was ten. “I wonder who it is at this hour.”
“I’ll go and see.” Mr. Tremblay got up and went. He returned a few minutes later with Matt in tow.
Mrs. Tremblay closed the album and stood up to hug her older son. “Matt, is everything all right?” she asked when they parted.
“Yes. I’m sorry to be stopping by so late but I needed to talk to you and Dad.”
“Have a seat, Matt,” his father said as he rejoined his wife on the sofa.
Matt sat down in the chair opposite them.
“How is Cam?” his mother asked.
“And Gina?” his father asked. “Doesn’t she mind you being out at this time?”
“She doesn’t know because we aren’t living together any more.”
His parents exchanged glances. “What do you mean?” his mother asked.
“Separated? Since when?”
“Since May 19.”
“That long?” his father exclaimed.
“What happened for you two to be separated?”
Matt told them everything. When he was finished, there was a stunned silence. “After I found out the truth, I realized that there was no need for a separation. I’ve filed for a divorce.”
“I can’t believe that she kept something so important from you,” Mr. Tremblay said, shaking his head.
“I’m sorry about the miscarriage. It’s a terrible thing for a couple to go through but it’s something that they go through together. She should have told you.”
“She didn’t tell me because she was hoping that if she got pregnant, she wouldn’t need to tell me that she had a miscarriage.”
“What a devious mind that woman has,” Mrs. Tremblay muttered angrily. “How I wished you had never married her, Matt.”
“Believe me, Mother, not a day goes by when I wished I hadn’t.”
“Well, unfortunately, you did and now you’re filing for a divorce. What’s going to happen with Cam?”
“Are you going to seek sole custody of him?” Mr. Tremblay asked.
“I don’t know. Here in Canada, mothers are far more likely to get exclusive custody. If I want sole custody here in Ontario, I will need a passionate legal advocate in my corner.”
“I think you should get sole custody,” Mrs. Tremblay said. “Cam would be better off with you. A boy needs his father.”
“I will think about it.”
“What’s there to think about?” Mrs. Tremblay demanded. “Cam belongs with you.”
“In spite of what she has done, Gina is a good mother and Cam loves her.”
“Will you seek joint or shared custody then?” Mr. Tremblay asked.
“Well, you do what you think is best,” Mr. Tremblay said. “If there’s anything we can do, please let us know.”
“Cam is welcome to come and stay with us whenever he wants. We would love to have him,” Mrs. Tremblay said.
“I’m sure he’d like that.”
“Do you see him often?” Mr. Tremblay asked.
“On weekends and holidays.”
“I don’t think that’s right. She should be the one seeing him on weekends and holidays not you.”
“Mother, that’s how it is for now.”
“Does Cam know that he isn’t going to have a baby brother or sister anymore?” she asked.
“I don’t know if Gina has told him anything.”
“Maybe you should tell him,” his father said.
“Maybe I will.”
“It’s too bad you couldn’t have been happily married like your father and me or like Joel and Kira.”
“I know, Mother. I wish I could have ended up like the four of you.”
“You could have if you’d met the right woman.”
“I did meet the right woman but unfortunately, it was after I married Gina.”
“Did you just say that you met the right woman?” Mrs. Tremblay exclaimed.
“Who is she?”
“Mel?” Both of them exclaimed.
“Have you and she…?”
“No, Mother. Nothing has happened between us.”
“Make sure nothing does or Gina will use it against you and you can lose custody of Cam.”
“Yes, Mother.” He didn’t bother to tell them that Gina was already accusing Melania of ruining their marriage. “I’ll be careful.”
“Good. I know it’s late but would you like something to eat?”
He stood up. “No, thanks. I should be heading home now, though.”
His parents stood up. “Goodnight, Dear,” Mrs. Tremblay hugged him tightly.
Mr. Tremblay gently tapped him on the back. “I’ll see you out.”
Mrs. Tremblay watched them leave the room and then she sighed. Tonight, she was going to say a special prayer for Matt. He needed Divine help.